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 Pilots Citizen Water Academy on World Water Day!
Timed to celebrate World Water Day, WEST Center and partners at the west side Water Campus piloted the new Tucson Citizen Water Academy on March 22, 2019. Thanks to Flowing Wells High School for their great participation!
Understanding Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and their Impacts
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been in the news often lately. These organic compounds have many industrial and commercial applications, but concerns have arisen over their presence in the environment and water sources. Read an article summarizing the topic here.
Congressional Staffers Visit WEST
On March 14, 2019, WEST Center welcomed a group of congressional staffers to learn about state water policy issues and the innovative work being done at WEST Center.
University of Arizona Ranked #1 in Water Resources
The University of Arizona ranked #1 in Water Resources in the 2018 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
Researchers from Joan Rose’s lab train at WEST Center
For a week in February 2019, Matthew Flood and Syrena Whitner - research scientists from Joan Rose's lab at MSU - visited WEST to gain expertise in cell culture techniques and qPCR protocols.
New staff welcomed at WEST
Dr. Bianca Miguel De Souza Chaves was welcomed to WEST Center in February 2019. Her expertise includes advanced oxidation processes, biological and membrane processes, solar radiation, nanomaterials, toxicity, and control of emerging contaminants.
AEESP Research & Education Conference
The Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP) Annual Conference will be hosted by ASU in Tempe, AZ in May 2019. It will highlight topics related to the theme, "Environmental engineers and scientists see cities in 4-D: The build environment, the natural environment, human health, and cyberspace."
The theme of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) ACE19 conference is "Innovating the Future of Water." The conference will be held June 9-12th, 2019 in Denver, CO and will highlight new technologies and water innovations.
AZ WateReuse Symposium
The Arizona WateReuse Symposium will be held in Flagstaff, AZ, from July 28-30, 2019. The symposium provides an opportunity for Arizona water professionals to exchange information and experiences related to water reuse planning, implementation, and operations. The three day event includes poster sessions, speakers, and more.