University of Arizona's WEST Center
The WEST Center is a leading-edge venue focused on advanced water and wastewater treatment and monitoring, alternative energy and related technologies. WEST is co-located with Pima County's Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility and is adjacent to reclaimed water recharge basins and constructed wetlands – all of which compose a Water Reclamation Campus. WEST is unique in its ability to conduct the translational research necessary to advance the sustainable technologies of the future. With large portions of the United States currently affected by drought, WEST Center is poised to answer some of the nation's biggest questions about sustainable water and energy use.
The Interim Director of WEST Center is Kim Ogden, Ph.D., professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Interim Vice President for Research.
WEST Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Convenes in Tucson, AZ
Members of the WEST Center Industry Advisory Board (IAB) met in Tucson on Oct. 9 for the WEST Center 2018 IAB Meeting & Research Symposium. Attendees heard research updates, toured WEST, and discussed priorities for new project development. It was a great opportunity to connect with partners.
International Delegates Visit WEST Center, Discuss Collaboration
On October 11, 2018, WEST Center hosted delegations from Mexico's Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). Delegations toured the facility and discussed possible collaboration.
WEST research features at IWA World Water Congress in Tokyo
WEST faculty present research conducted in collaboration with WEST-member, METAWATER, at IWA Conference in Tokyo. Study results indicate filtration method for virus removal has potential for application in water reuse.
Membrane processes focus of new WEST Center projects
Bureau of Reclamation and RAPID Manufacturing Institute award WEST Center faculty funding to advance zero liquid discharge technology and train students and professionals on membrane processes to purify water.
33rd Annual WateReuse Symposium a Success
More than 600 water reuse professionals gathered in Austin, Texas on September 9-12, 2018 to learn what’s working, what’s new, and what’s next in water recycling. Reflecting the largest attendance at the Annual WateReuse Symposium in nearly a decade, participants came from 34 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and nine countries to attend the nation’s premier conference on water reuse.
AZ Pure Water project receives Transformational Innovation Award
Pima County’s AZ Pure Water Brew Challenge project won the Transformational Innovation Award at the 33rd Annual WateReuse Symposium, September 10 in Austin, Texas. The WateReuse Association honored the project for its leadership, creativity and persistence in supporting recycled water. Congratulations to Pima County and other partners on the project.