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 Deputy Director contributes to Biosolids Conversation
Dr. Ian Pepper, the newly appointed Deputy Director at UA WEST Center, traveled to Manchester England in November 2019 to attend and present at the 24th European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference. The conference is the premier event of its kind in Europe.
UA Research Takes Center Stage at Annual Meeting
The WEST Center Annual Industry Meeting and Research Symposium, held Nov. 17-18, 2019, saw University of Arizona water and energy research take center stage with research updates, poster presentations, and networking opportunities for faculty, staff, students and industry attendees.
WEST Center Connects at IDA World Congress
UA WEST Center connected with the international community during the 2019 International Desalination Association (IDA) World Congress in Dubai, Oct. 20-24. WEST is also collaborating with the IDA as host of it's Fellowship Program this fall.
Arizona Takes Step Toward DPR
In one Arizona city, direct potable reuse (DPR) has become a reality. In September 2019, the Advanced Water Treatment Plant at the Scottsdale Water campus became the state’s first — and one of only three in the nation — permanent water treatment facility permitted to treat recycled water for potable water uses.
WEST Works to Build Citizens into Water Leaders
WEST Center, along with Tucson Water and Pima County Wastewater Reclamation Dept, launched a program this fall to showcase water treatment technology and educate the public about critical water issues.
WRRC Annual Conference 2020
The Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) invites participants to engage in exciting water discussions during it's 2020 annual conference, "Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years." The conference will be held at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ on March 27, 2020, and will take stock of the last forty years of water management in Arizona as well as look to the future."