This project integrates laboratory research with water quality modeling to understand the interaction of urban-natural water cycles.
De facto reuse, the incidental presence of treated wastewater effluent in downstream drinking water supply, is increasing rapidly with urbanization worldwide. Due to their high organic nitrogen content, wastewater impacts can increase the formation of nitrogenous disinfection byproducts (N-DBPs) during drinking water treatment. Many N-DBPs are not regulated, but feature 10–100 times higher toxicity than the regulated DBPs. In this collaborative project between University at Buffalo and Arizona State University, wastewater samples from across the nation will be sent to Buffalo and analyzed for their potential to form DBPs. The results will then be used in a nationwide water quality model to assess the extent of wastewater impacts on drinking water sources regarding disinfection byproducts.
The project will contribute useful data to allow modeling of the de facto reuse and its impact on drinking water treatment at the national scale.
|Length of commitment||Medium (about a semester, 3-5 months)|
|Start time||Spring, Summer|
|Level of collaboration||Undergraduate students will be working with a graduate student mentor|
|Benefits||Academic Credit, Work Study, Honors Credit|
|Who is eligible||Sophomores, juniors, seniors with a knowledge of general chemistry; laboratory experience is preferred|
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.