A team of researchers, including several scientists from the UA, have received a $10 million dollar grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant will fund a 4 year study to test the safety and sustainability of alternative sources of water for agriculture.
SWES professor Charles Gerba and his research team will inspect the alternatively treated waters for disease-causing organisms.
Channah Rock, an associate professor in SWES, is primarily responsible for the education and public outreach aspect, and will assess public opinion and acceptability.
Sadhana Ravishankar, an associate professor in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, will develop methodology for treating the impure alternative waters.
The team is composed of additional researchers from the Mid-Atlantic and Southwest regions.
The UA scientists will conduct their research at the UA WEST Center. The WEST Center is a world renowned research facility with a focus on water and wastewater treatment and monitoring, alternative energy and related technologies. The center is co-directed by SWES professor Dr. Ian Pepper and Dr. Shane Snyder who holds joint appointments in SWES and Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.
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