Yuma Area Office
The Water Quality Improvement Center
Overview and layout of the WQIC
The Water Quality Improvement Center (WQIC) is a full-service, operational water research center. It consists of a 12,000 square-foot building with three complete test trains and multiple stand alone test devices. It serves as a field site to investigate new and improved water treatment technologies, including pretreatment associated with desalination.
The following services are available at the WQIC:
- Engineering and technical staff with expertise in water treatment processes and instrumentation, including services relating to computer control and data acquisition
- Experienced operations and maintenance staff, with operations occurring on a 24/7 basis
- Fully staffed and licensed State of Arizona environmental laboratory that can conduct drinking water and waste water analyses, bacteriological analyses, and analyses of major inorganic constituents of water
- Fully equipped office facilities
- A variety of feedwaters available for use in tests
The WQIC consists of a research center, an environmental laboratory, and a mobile research facility. The research center contains multiple portable test units and can house partner-supplied testing units as well.
- Pilot-Scale Systems:
- The Demonstration Scale System (Pilot System 1) models the main plant for optimization studies, performance verification, personnel training, and developmental testing of new systems; it also serves as the potable water source for the Yuma Desalting Plant facility.
- The purpose of Pilot Systems 2 and 3 is to evaluate the performance of spiral-wound, nanofiltration reverse osmosis membrane elements.
- Membrane Process Research Units - Membrane Process Research Units at the Water Quality Improvement Center (WQIC) include three bench-scale systems, screening, full recovery, and mobile units. Membrane research conducted on a bench scale eliminates the need for destructive testing on full-size membranes, significantly reducing the cost of membrane research.
- Chemistry Research Units - These systems provide for corrosion testing, reverse osmosis membrane performance evaluation, mobilization of filtration equipment, production of chlorine equivalent sodium hypochlorite, and membrane storage.
- Research Equipment list
The WQIC Research Facilities
- WQIC Research Center Layout
- On-Site Water/Environmental Lab - The WQIC water laboratory, licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services for drinking water and wastewater inorganic analyses, serves in-house and partnered research project needs.
- Mobile Research Facility - The mobile research facility is a refrigerated trailer that contains testing equipment. It can be sited at remote locations for testing of site-specific waters.
For more information about the Research Facilities at the Water Quality Improvement Center, contact Angela Adams, Desalting Group, through email or by phone at 928-343-8114.
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