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Mission Statement

The mission of the WQC is to conduct research that evaluates physical, chemical, and microbial processes that affect the quality of surface and subsurface waters utilized for potable supplies.

The nature of the research focuses on:

Water security
Fate and remediation of commercial/industrial contamination
Agrochemical products and salinity that affect water quality
Waste reuse
Potable water management


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Central Arizona Project (CAP) Canal

Specific Goals

To improve the flow of scientific knowledge pertaining to water quality, between the University of Arizona, Industry, Government Agencies, and the General Public

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University of Arizona Campus

To develop support for water quality research
To provide graduate students with a broad industry perspective
To inform and educate the public regarding water quality issues
To ultimately achieve self-sufficiency by bonding with long-term industry and government partners


Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC ) Concept
University of Arizona / Arizona State University

The Multi-University Water Quality Center is based in The University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (U of A WQC) with a partner site at Arizona State University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (ASU WQC). The initial I/UCRC was established in 1999 by the University of Arizona. The Multi-University was established in 2001.

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WQC Director Ian Pepper
University of Arizona

Key Features:

Funding from National Science Foundation and the private sector
Statewide resource, politically significant
Each University within the Center has unique capabilities and problems
Name of Center: The Arizona National Science Foundation Water Quality Center
Two research Centers:

U of A—I.L. Pepper, Director (Lead University and Overall Responsibility)
ASU—M. Abbaszadegan, Director

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