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UW Hosts Water Resources Conference

May 11, 2016
Members of Jon Brant's water research team at UW discuss filtration systems.
Members of Jon Brant's water research team at UW discuss filtration systems.

Water treatment and the management of water resources around the West is the main topic of a conference at the University of Wyoming next week.

The daylong conference for the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association and the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association (RMSAWWA/RMWEA) student chapter takes place May 16 on the campus of UW. The Rocky Mountain section consists of student groups from universities in New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. The student chapter at UW will serve as the host for this year’s conference.

The conference, which focuses on treating wastewater, producing potable water and conserving natural resources, should attract 30-35 students and advisers from the various institutions. Students will present their research in oral and poster presentations, and there will be awards at the end of the day. First-place winners will earn a trip to a national student conference.

“The reason wastewater treatment is a hot topic is due to the changing nature of how wastewater is treated,” says Savannah Bachman, who studies civil engineering with an emphasis in water resources. “You may have read about ‘toilet to tap.’ That means wastewater is treated and immediately reused rather than treated, pumped into the ground or stream and withdrawn at a later time for treatment and distribution. Future wastewater treatment techniques have the potential to produce potable water faster and with less energy wasted during the process.”

Topics covered during the conference include electrodialysis, activated carbon, membrane technologies and reverse osmosis. The purpose of all these projects is to discover efficient and economical methods to remove contaminants for water reuse and possible mineral recovery in wastewater and water treatment.

Sponsors for the conference include the Water Technology Group, CH2M and UW’s Energy Innovation Center.


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