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 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.
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.