Sewage Surveillance: WEST tests wastewater for Coronavirus
With advanced laboratory capabilities and expertise in Coronavirus research, WEST is initiating a monitoring program to allow Coronavirus sewage surveillance. Sewage monitoring will allow communities to evaluate the presence of the virus and ensure safety of wastewater treatment workers.
WEST Researchers gear up for Irrigation Study
Construction of a greenhouse at WEST Center will be closely followed by the launch of a new study with importance to agriculture and public health. The study seeks to quantify die-off rates of several pathogens associated with foodborne illnesses from leafy greens.
WEST faculty win Phoenix Water research grants
Awarded in early 2020, two $120K research grants from Phoenix Water will support Environmental Engineering research at WEST Center. Respectively led by Dr. Achilli and Dr. Hickenbottom, the projects will investigate strategies to increase reverse osmosis (RO) efficiency and achieve near zero liquid discharge (ZLD) in water reuse.
UA Research: Synthetic Chemicals (PFAS) Migrate Slowly Through Soils
According to UA research, reported levels of PFAS in groundwater could be "just the tip of the iceberg," as most of the chemicals are still migrating down slowly through the soil. In a recently-published study, UA faculty in Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences demonstrate how the synthetic chemicals (PFAS) migrate through the vadose zone using a newly-developed mathematical model.
Center for Produce Safety Visits WEST
In late January 2020, representatives from the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) in California visited the WEST Center. A CPS-funded study investigating pathogen movement in irrigation waterways is in progress at WEST.
UA Study Looks at Survival of Coronaviruses in Water and Wastewater
In a study published in late 2008, WEST researchers measured the survival of coronaviruses in water and wastewater. Coronavirus research is especially significant at this time as the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) raises public health concerns worldwide.
Joint US-Israel Research Aims to Advance Safe Water Reuse in Arid Regions
As the new year began, a visiting scholar from Israel joined forces with UA WEST Center faculty to investigate using metagenomic approaches to examine the virome in recycled waters. Researchers expect the BARD-funded study will help to ensure the safe and sustainable use of these waters in arid-region agriculture.
RAPID Training Kicks Off at WEST
During a four-day training held at WEST Center (Jan. 7-10, 2020), chemical engineering students and professionals from across the country compared and contrasted the use of conventional membrane processes (ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis) to emerging membrane processes (membrane distillation) to purify water.
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.
AZ Water 2020 Annual Conference
The AZ Water Association's 2020 Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held July 21-23, 2020, in Phoenix, AZ. The three-day event is designed to provide professional development, continuing education, and technology transfer to support AZ Water's vision of “a vibrant Arizona through safe, reliable water”.
2020 Arizona Water Reuse Symposium
The 2020 Arizona WateReuse Symposium will be held in Flagstaff, AZ, from July 26-28, 2020. The symposium is organized by WaterReuse Arizona and the AZ Water Association Reuse Committee as “an exchange of information and experience related to water reuse planning, implementation, and operations” for Arizona water professionals.
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, and will take stock of the last forty years of water management in Arizona as well as look to the future." The conference is being rescheduled from March 27 to late August 2020 (exact date TBD).