Institute for Integrative Genome Biology

$750K Award to Study Wastewater Contaminants 

IIGB distinguished professor of Entomology, John Trumble, was one of two UCR researchers awarded $749,631 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study the human and ecological health impacts of water reuse and conservation practices. Along with Jay Gan, a professor of environmental chemistry, he will use the funds to measure levels of contaminants in vegetables irrigated with treated wastewater.

Nationally, $3.3 million was awarded to five institutions nationwide for water reuse and conservation research.

Water conservation practices that promote water reuse are becoming increasingly important, especially in the western United States, where factors such as climate change, extreme drought, and population growth are decreasing water availability. To help promote sustainable water reuse, this research will evaluate how reclaimed water applications such as potable reuse, aquifer recharge, and irrigation can affect public and ecological health.

EPA announced these grants in conjunction with the White House Water Summit, which was held to raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions in the United States, and to catalyze ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future through innovative science and technology.

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