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Jun 6, 2024

University of Arizona Hosts Successful Interim Progress Report Meeting for Water Reuse Consortium

The Interim Progress Report (IPR) meeting held on June 4th and 5th at the University of Arizona showcased the university's significant contributions to the Water Reuse Consortium and the progress achieved on this project. Day 1 featured presentations from principal investigators (PIs) detailing their advancements, which were virtually broadcast via Zoom, along with tours of the WEST Center and the Solar Site. Day 2 included lab tours on the UofA campus, a trip to Fort Huachuca, one-on-one meetings, and a highly successful student poster session. Participants gained valuable insights into the innovative research and development efforts underway at the University of Arizona.

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May 22, 2024

NAWI and University of Arizona WaterTAP Workshop

The National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) and University of Arizona hosted a successful two-day workshop at the UA WEST Center to present the Water Treatment Technoeconomic Assessment Platform (WaterTAP). WaterTAP is an open-source, Python-based software package that supports the technoeconomic assessment of complete water treatment systems. The event took place on May 21st and 22nd and included hands-on training sessions and a comprehensive course on WaterTAP. Participants included representatives from the WEST Center, NAWI, and USARMY-CERL, all of whom actively engaged in the workshop's activities.

Apr 24, 2024

Walter Betancourt Highlights Water Resiliency at BluePhage Webinar

Dr. Walter Betancourt participated as a panelist in the BluePhage webinar titled "Wastewater becoming potable: Enhancing present innovation for a sustainable future." This event took place on April 24, 2024, and focused on innovative approaches to transforming wastewater into potable water, a crucial topic for sustainable water management.

During the webinar, Walter contributed his expertise on water resiliency, discussing current innovations and future directions in wastewater treatment. His insights emphasized the importance of sustainable practices and technological advancements in ensuring a resilient water supply. For those who missed the live event, the recorded video is available for viewing on YouTube.

Walter's participation underscores our commitment to advancing knowledge and practices in water sustainability, aligning with the goals of the UA WateResiliency and Water Reuse Consortium.

Mar 22, 2024

2024 AZ Water Association Research Symposium: Advances in PFAS, Emerging Contaminants, and Reuse in Arizona

The 2024 AZ Water Association Research Symposium, themed "Advances in PFAS, Emerging Contaminants, and Reuse in Arizona," held on March 22, 2024, at Gateway Community College in Phoenix, showcased cutting-edge research in water treatment and reuse. The symposium featured presentations from leading experts on topics ranging from PFAS remediation to novel approaches in water reuse. Among the attendees, Varinia Felix was recognized for her outstanding contribution, winning a poster award for her research. This symposium served as a platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration, highlighting the ongoing efforts to address water quality challenges and promote sustainable water management practices in Arizona.

Mar 13, 2024

2024 WateReuse Symposium - Removing Barriers, Elevating Opportunities

The panel "Water Reuse Consortium: Research Findings," moderated by Dawn Morrison from USACE ERDC, featured presentations by leading experts in the field of water reuse. Amy Childress from the University of Southern California, Andrea Achilli from the University of Arizona, Eric Marchand from the University of Nevada-Reno, and Kathryn Gunderson from USACE ERDC-CERL presented the Water Reuse Consortium ( and shared their latest research findings and insights during the event held on March 13th, 2024, in Denver, Colorado, as part of the WateReuse Symposium. Each presenter offered valuable contributions to the discussion, covering a range of topics such as advanced treatment technologies, water quality monitoring, and sustainability practices in water reuse systems. The presentations highlighted the importance of collaborative efforts between academia, government agencies, and industry stakeholders to address challenges and opportunities in advancing sustainable water reuse practices.

Oct 30, 2023

The Water Reuse Consortium is now an action item in the Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) (Action 7.10)

The Consortium will accelerate the integration of water reuse into military and municipal water supply portfolios to ensure the security, sustainability, and resilience of our nation’s water resources through research, education, communication, and technology transfer. The consortium aims to ensure uninterrupted water supplies, improve the detection and treatment of pathogens and emerging contaminants, and educate a workforce invested in forming partnerships to facilitate technology export that support global water security.

The Action 7.10 is led by the Water Reuse Consortium and USACE. The action aims to implement the DoD-Funded Water Reuse Consortium for Water Resiliency at Military and Municipal Facilities.

Sep 29, 2023

Final Report: The Presidential Advisory Commission on the Future of Agriculture & Food Production in a Drying Climate

Located in one of the most arid portions of the country, Arizona’s food production systems are increasingly threatened by drying climate, and there is growing concern that this trend poses an existential threat to food production in Arizona. In response to this urgent issue, UArizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins created the Presidential Advisory Commission on the Future of Agriculture & Food Production in a Drying Climate. The Commission was tasked with assessing critical threats to agriculture and food production, identifying the most promising solutions, and determining how UArizona can best impact the future. This report reflects the Commission’s study and information gathering through listening sessions and surveys of community members across the University and the state of Arizona.

Aug 25, 2023

Episode 378: Can wastewater recycling help solve Arizona’s water issues?

Recycling wastewater has proven successful in places as diverse as the International Space Station and Disneyland. But can we do it in our own homes? University of Arizona environmental engineering professor Andrea Achilli explains how a decentralized water recycling system could provide clean drinking water for residents.

Jul 20, 2023

$10M for drinking-water treatment study is largest liquid funding in UA history

The University of Arizona has been awarded up to $10 million to research improved water security and reuse technology — the single largest grant for water-use studies in the institution’s history.

Jul 12, 2023

UArizona and partners form consortium to address Southwest water concerns

As traditional sources of water run low, concern around Arizona's water supply is growing. A team of researchers is working to address the problem by advancing water reuse techniques.

Jun 8, 2023

Universities in California, Arizona, and Nevada Form Consortium to Address Clean Water Access and Sustainability Challenges

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory to Fund Academic Research to Improve Clean Water Access and Security

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