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  • Pima facility among honorees at annual awards banquet

    Sep 19, 2017 | Read More News
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    The Annual WateReuse Awards Luncheon was held on September 12, in Phoenix, Arizona and honored utilities, businesses, and individuals that demonstrated extraordinary leadership in progressing sustainable, locally controlled water supplies in conjunction with the 32nd Annual WateReuse Symposium.
    Agua Nueva
    The Institution of the Year Award was presented to the University of Arizona Water & Energy Sustainable Technology Center (WEST), a $5.5 million state-of-the-art facility housed at the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department Water Campus, a world-renowned venue for interdisciplinary research co-located with a full-scale modern water reclamation facility, Agua Nueva.

    A public-private partnership, the WEST Center involves Pima County, Tucson Water, various industrial partners, and researchers from the UA’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Engineering.

    Among the various research projects conducted at the WEST Center, researchers are currently working to validate California Water Recycling Criteria Title 22 recommendations for virus removal from reclaimed water to facilitate direct potable reuse in the state of Arizona.

    The WEST Center utilized this research as part of the Southwest Water Campus team that led to the winning of the Water Innovation Challenge in which the team, led by Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department, received a $250,000 grant to build an advanced mobile treatment facility to promote direct potable reuse. The WEST Center’s virus removal process was crucial in determining virus removal in each step of the treatment process, from conventional to advanced treatment.

    Dr. Ian Pepper, Director of the WEST Center, and Dr. Jeff Prevatt, Head of Research and Innovation at Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department and Tim Thomure, Director of Tucson Water, were present at the Symposium to receive this highly esteemed award.

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