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.
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.