University of Arizona's WEST Center
WEST Center facilitates innovative research and technology development to ensure sustainable water supplies that protects and promotes environmental and human health. Critical to WEST’s success is the partnership between the University of Arizona, the private sector, utilities, and the community at large.
Features of the WEST Center:
- State-of-the-art facility for new water and energy technology evaluation
- Provides world class expertise in:
- Environmental microbiology & environmental engineering
- Technology development for reduced energy use in water treatment
- In line real-time sensors for water treatment technologies
- A leading center in emerging chemical and microbial contaminants
- Community monitoring of infectious agents for pandemic prevention and prediction
- Co-located with Wastewater Reclamation Facility allows for direct access to online variable water qualities for flow-through experiments
PBS NewsHour: Return to Campus
In an episode of PBS NewsHour, reporters cover issues and approaches to a return to campus during continued COVID-19 concerns. The piece highlights two universities, including the University of Arizona, and discusses strategies being used to keep campus communities safe across the country - including vaccination, masks, testing, and wastewater monitoring.
WEST Center Researcher Spotlight: Erika Stark
A Research Technician at WEST Center, Erika Stark analyzes samples for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, studies microplastics in soils, and recently completed a master’s degree in Public Health.
Help Save Land Application of Biosolids
With growing concern that land application of biosolids could be banned due to possible PFAS contamination of groundwater and/or crop uptake, WEST Center and others are developing a collaborative study to evaluate the incidence and mobility of PFAS following land application of biosolids. WEST invites partners to join this study!
WEST Center awarded grants from EPA and CDC
In early September 2021, WEST Center researchers were awarded grants from federal agencies to 1) evaluate water quality for direct potable reuse and 2) assess viability and persistence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater across the U.S.
Reclaimed water, a major focus of WEST research, provides river habitat in Tucson
In a September 2021 article, Arizona Republic writer Ian James describes how reclaimed water in action is supporting river life in the Southwest. Technologies to improve water quality and purification efficiencies are a major focus of WEST Center research.
New dPCR instruments boost WEST’s analytical capabilities
Installed in WEST in August 2021, two new digital polymerase chain reaction (dPCR) instruments will provide rapid and sensitive detection of SARS-CoV-2 and variants in wastewater, essential to monitoring community health.