Water-Related News

Water issues are on tap at USF

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By Vickie Chachere

TAMPA – The Environmental Protection Agency’s chief water administrator unveiled Wednesday [Mar. 27th] a new “blueprint” for innovation to address the nation’s issues in water cleanliness and safety as she toured a trio of University of South Florida laboratories where new technology is addressing age-old issues.

The EPA’s blueprint calls for greater national support for emerging technologies in water treatment, testing and reuse, as well as an easing of barriers to greater collaboration and innovation among academic, industry and government researchers.

Nancy Stoner, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acting assistant administrator for water, and officials from the Water Environment Federation made the announcement in a visit to USF’s Patel College of Global Sustainability and three university laboratories where technologies are being developed to detect waterborne pathogens, convert wastewater into renewable resources and grow algae for bio-fuel production.

“What we are trying to do is encourage the development of technology that solves real-world problems, that’s what is being done here,” Stoner said immediately after learning about new technology developed by USF Professor Daniel Lim and his research team that can more easily detect pathogens such as E. coli in water at contaminated beaches or in fruit and vegetable processing.

The inexpensive, portable testing equipment developed by the lab is patent-pending.