New Marana WRF Gears Up for Operation
On June 25, 2018, early operation of the new Marana WRF began. The plant - operated by WEST member Marana Water - is slated to be fully functioning by mid-August, and will initially service close to 10,000.
Ancient River Could Flow Again in Tucson, Thanks to Recycled Wastewater
Recycled wastewater is gaining wider acceptance to boost drinking water supplies across the arid West. Now a project in Tucson proposes to use a portion of the metro area’s treated urban wastewater to make the Santa Cruz River flow through downtown again for the first time in 70 years.
Yuma Safe Produce Council visits WEST
Visiting the WEST Center in mid-May 2018, representatives from the Yuma Safe Council came with keen interest in the application of new technologies to ensure food security and safe crop production.
New Program Coordinator joins WEST Center
Sarah Prasek joined WEST in April 2018 as the Center's new Program Coordinator. She has significant experience coordinating programs and developing projects, and is enthusiastic about advancing the work at UA's WEST Center.
Sustainable Technology features largely at Phoenix Water Conference
University of Arizona WEST Center and Tucson area utilities and individuals gained recognition at the 91st Annual AZ Water Association Conference held May 2-4 in Phoenix, AZ.
WEST Welcomes New Faculty
Coming from Humboldt State University, Dr. Andrea Achilli joined WEST Center in August 2017. His main fields of research are membrane processes for desalination and water reuse and energy recovery from water and wastewater.
For Desert Dwellers, A Life in Balance
With scarce water supplies, a sweltering climate and a rising population, can desert cities such as Tucson and Phoenix sustain us? Three UA experts say they are optimistic.
Dr. Shane Snyder appointed Executive Director of Singapore’s NEWRI
While on sabbatical in Singapore, WEST co-founder Dr. Shane Snyder was welcomed as the new Executive Director of the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Mobile Unit Looks to Fight Treated Wastewater's 'Yuck' Reputation
In a collaborative effort between the University of Arizona and Pima County Wastewater managers, a portable water purification unit was designed and built in Tucson, AZ. The unit produced water for the AZ Pure Water Brew Challenge in 2017.
West Center Hosts Water Leaders & NASCAR Guests
Leaders from The Dow Chemical Company, NASCAR, the UA and Pima County met recently to discuss local water challenges and solutions to address water scarcity.
UA Scientists Challenge Conventions of Irrigation
A four-year collaborative research study at the WEST Center will test the safety and sustainability of alternative sources of water for agriculture.
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).