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.
Researchers Provide COVID-19 Guidance to Water Industry
UA WEST and researchers from other institutions, along with national water sector organizations, state agencies, and businesses, are working together to help the water sector stay informed and safe, and combat the spread of coronavirus. One important resource is the document, “Implications of COVID-19 for Water, Wastewater, and Water Reuse.”
WEST Director wins Graduate Teaching & Mentoring Award
Dr. Ian Pepper, Director of WEST Center, was awarded the distinguished Teaching and Mentoring Award for Graduate Education by the University of Arizona Graduate College in April 2020. Congratulations to Dr. Pepper!
UArizona Tracking Coronavirus Through Wastewater Across US
By Rosemary Brandt, UANews
Researchers at the University of Arizona Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center are testing wastewater across the country to trace coronavirus prevalence in communities and help public health officials better prepare for the future.
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.
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.
WEST faculty awarded 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.
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.