WET Center is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry / University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC)
Increasingly limited water supplies nationally and internationally have led in many cases to utilization of source waters with poorer water quality than desired. Any chemical or biological contaminant introduced into clean water results in a lower water quality that may adversely affect human health and/or the environment.
ECs (also known as microconstituents, micropollutants, contaminants of emerging concern or trace contaminants) generally refers to chemicals, biological agents and materials recently detected in the environment that may pose a potential or real threat to human health or the environment, but which are not generally regulated at present or are expected to undergo changes in regulations.
WET Center engineers and scientists utilizing microbial, chemical, physical, hydrologic, and mathematic approaches work collaboratively to generate scientific information about levels, fate, transport, ecological and health impacts, improved detection and monitoring capabilities, pollution prevention, new cost-effective treatment technologies and optimization of existing operations at both wastewater and drinking water treatment plants.