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
"Poop Doesn't Lie" - Film tells the story of UArizona's wastewater monitoring during the pandemic
With compelling footage, a new Landmark Stories film focuses on how wastewater testing became a global public health tool. The production documents the work of Dr. Ian Pepper, WEST Director, as well as wastewater monitoring efforts in Yuma County, AZ.
WBE crew wins 2022 ALVSCE Outstanding Team Award
WEST Center faculty, staff and students recognized as winners of the 2022 Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) Team Award for extraordinary efforts in monitoring pandemic conditions on campus via wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE).
WEST graduate student selected as Fulbright U.S. Postdoctoral Scholar
University of Arizona PhD candidate, Sarah Abney, was selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright- Garcia Robles Postdoctoral Scholar Award. Ms. Abney will graduate in May 2022 and spend 2022-2023 in Mexico with El Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, A.C. (CICY).
Here & Now: Arizona weighs desalination
In an episode of NPR's Here & Now, University of Arizona's Sharon Megdal explains Gov. Doug Ducey's idea for a desalination project and notes additional strategies to bolster water supply, including greater use of treated wastewater. WEST Center is a hub for research on these efforts, including technologies for brine management, energy reduction, and water reuse.
AZ Water Research Symposium highlights discoveries benefiting Arizona utilities
At the 2022 AZ Water Research Symposium, researchers and utility representatives shared information and discoveries aimed at advancing the long term health, safety, and reliability of Arizona water supplies.
COVID-19 Cases Rise in the U.K., U.S. Watches for New Wave
In an NPR podcast in March 2022, correspondents and scientists discussed what the rise in cases elsewhere means for the U.S., how the U.S. is looking to sewage to detect any rise in infections here, and the status of COVID relief funding. WEST Center has been at the forefront of monitoring the pandemic via wastewater.