State Awards $500K for Yuma Wastewater Testing
Following the proven laboratory procedures of the WEST Center, an innovative partnership in Yuma County will receive $500K to provide early detection of COVID-19 through wastewater testing.
$0.5M grant will fund research to improve health and safety at farmers markets
A USDA-funded 1-year collaborative project will study coronaviruses on contact surfaces at farmers markets, determine safe practices, and provide guidance to small producers to improve local health and safety.
WEST – a key component of the environmental community at UArizona
As part of the University’s “Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR),” WEST Center is one of numerous stand-out programs and facilities dedicated to solving environmental challenges and ensuring community health and sustainability.
Wastewater testing at UArizona stops coronavirus spread; garners national attention
Sounding an early warning, WEST Center helped stop a potential coronavirus outbreak at UArizona through testing campus wastewater.
WEST monitors wastewater to keep campus safe
As the University of Arizona opens for classes and research this fall, a team from WEST Center will monitor wastewater for early detection of COVID-19 on campus.
Arizona Science: How investigating wastewater can help solve the COVID-19 crisis
Scientists are searching for evidence of the coronavirus everywhere, including sewage treatment plants. In an interview for NPR's Arizona Science, WEST Center director Ian Pepper says looking for COVID-19 in this unlikely location could help predict when and where to expect the next outbreak.
Water Reuse Technology arrives at WEST
The complete advanced water purification system - formerly part of the Pima County Water Innovation Challenge "beer truck" - was moved into WEST Center in late July 2020. The technology will be available for a variety of experiments at the University of Arizona facility.
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.