Current Research

Researchers in the environmental engineering lab

Northern Nevada Indirect Potable Reuse Feasibility Study

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Washoe County Community Services Department are funding a feasibility study to demonstrate low energy treatment technology for reclaimed treated effluent for indirect potable reuse (IPR) purposes.

The outcomes of this study and other projects related to IPR feasibility and demonstration will provide the Northern Nevada region significant water resource management benefits including improving efficiency, providing flexibility during periods of water scarcity, and diversifying the region's water supply portfolio.

Advanced Water Technologies Demonstration to Produce Exceptional Quality Reclaimed Water for Potential Groundwater Augmentation

Regional agencies including Western Regional Water Commission, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County (Regional Team) and the University of Nevada, Reno are jointly conducting a demonstration study to research and evaluate advanced water purification technologies for use of reclaimed water for potential groundwater augmentation. The success of this demonstration study will provide better methods for future implementation to manage region's water resources, improve water quality, and increase water resiliency during water scarce periods.

Developing Comprehensive Water Management Strategies for the Nevada Department of Transportation

University researchers are working collaboratively with NDOT engineers and maintenance personnel to develop and evaluate advanced field-scale technologies for comprehensive water management related to the collection, handling, treatment, recycling, and reuse of water and wastewater within NDOT jurisdictions.  Products of this research will maximize Nevada's limited water resources while protecting and preserving water and environmental quality for future generations.

Dissolved Organic Nitrogen Treatment at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility

TMWRF effluent is discharged into Steamboat Creek, which flows into the Truckee River with a terminus in Pyramid Lake. Stringent water quality regulations for the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake ecosystems means that TMWRF must reach very low levels of nutrients such as nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) as well as total dissolved solids (TDS). University researchers are working with TMWRF process engineers to evaluate advanced treatment options for the dissolved organic nitrogen (DON), which is the most abundant nitrogen species in the plant effluent.