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
WEST investigates coronavirus detection and inactivation in wastewater
In an article published in World Water in July/Aug 2020, WEST researchers explain how coronavirus form contributes to function, and confirm that coronaviruses are eliminated more easily by wastewater treatment processes than viruses traditionally associated with waterborne disease.
Magnetic Fields found to Improve Chlorine Efficiency in Pool Water
In a recent study at WEST Center, researchers Aidan Foster and Dr. Ian Pepper examined the potential for magnetic fields to reduce chlorine demand in water disinfection. Findings are especially significant as they can reduce costs for homeowners and commercial pools.
COVID-19 in wastewater can show the virus spread, hotspots, UA researchers find
By Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
Researchers at University of Arizona WEST Center are developing an early warning system for the coronavirus - testing wastewater.
Energy-Water Collaborative wins DOE RAPID Award
By UArizona Institute for Energy Solutions
HOT water-energy technology for inland desalination by UArizona researchers, including two WEST faculty, wins DOE RAPID award.
Sewage Surveillance: WEST tests wastewater for Coronavirus
With advanced laboratory capabilities and expertise in Coronavirus research, WEST initiated an monitoring program in March 2020 to allow Coronavirus sewage surveillance. Sewage monitoring allows communities to evaluate the presence of the virus and ensure safety of wastewater treatment workers.
Continuously Active Surface Disinfectants May Provide Barrier Against Spread of Viruses
By Rosemary Brandt, UA News
As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, UArizona researchers at WEST Center are evaluating the potential of antiviral surface coatings in continued defense against the environmental spread of viruses.
35th Annual WateReuse Symposium
The 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium will be held in Denver, CO, from September 13 -16, 2020. Following the record-breaking success of the 2019 Symposium, the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium in Denver is a “can’t miss” event for anyone involved in water recycling.
IDA 2020 International Water Reuse & Recycling Conference
The IDA 2020 International Water Reuse & Recycling Conference will be held September 28-30, 2020 The 2020 event will focus on the urgent question of how to make every drop count, and include networking and exhibitor opportunities, as well as a robust technical program covering topics such as Direct and Indirect Potable Reuse, Non-Potable and Agricultural Reuse, Water Quality Monitoring and Control, Advanced Technologies for Joint Desalination and Water Reuse, Industrial Water Reuse and Recycling, and more.
WEFTEC 2020, the Water Environment Federation's Technical Exhibition and Conference, will be held October 3-7, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event provides access to cutting-edge technologies, networking opportunities, and some of the best water quality education and training available today.