Matthew S. – BASIS Oro Valley

The Current State of Water Analysis and Treatment

Project/blog link: The Current State of Water Analysis and Treatment
BASIS Advisor: Marguerite Ellis
Internship location: University of Arizona (Snyder Group)
Onsite Mentor: Dr. Minkyu Park, Researcher, Snyder Research Group

Project Abstract

Water treatment is one of the most fundamental necessities of any water distribution system. Generally, groundwater, having been filtered through layers of earth, has been the best source of water, but when considering using other sources, treatment becomes important. Reclaimed water has to be treated thoroughly for organic and inorganic components. In Arizona CAP water brought down from the Colorado River must be treated for "hardness". The WEST Center, located next to the Agua Buena reclamation facility, specializes in wastewater analysis and treatment research. In cooperation with my onsite advisor, I will work in the lab on some of the projects currently ongoing at the WEST Center, and gain experience in two areas. The first area is technical - experience related to lab work, especially pertaining to analytical chemistry. The other area relates to the engineering process - experience with how projects are started, funded, and finished. Water is one of the most important resources for humans and life in general. The work that the WEST Center and other institutions like it are doing are immensely important to society.

The Current State of Water Analysis and Treatment