Water Teaching and Research Laboratory: WaterLab

WaterLab is located at the Watsonville Water Resources Center.

WaterLab consists of three programs:

  • Training program for students and professionals
    There is a national and international need for professionals trained to use and manage state of the art water treatment technologies. WATERLAB will provide this training to UCSC students, other college students from the region, and water professionals.
  • Research and testing program for water treatment technologies
    Water treatment technologies will be tested for reliability, energy consumption, operating characteristics, and other factors. Technologies will be selected based on cooperative agreements with private industry, laboratory research, and other sources.
  • Community outreach and demonstration
    WATERLAB will be part of larger effort along California Central Coast to demonstrate sustainable use of natural resources through water reclamation and reuse, energy capture, and other practices.

The overall goals of WaterLab include:

  • Training students and professionals on advanced water management methods, including:
    • Desalination
    • Reclamation and Reuse
    • Transmission and Distribution
    • SCADA
    • Public Communications
    • Financial Management
  • Developing, testing, and demonstrating water treatment technologies
  • Introducing advanced water treatment technologies to the public

Here is a presentation on the History of WaterLab.


Response of Irrigators to More Frequent Information on Water Use

Roxanna Pourzand ( B.A., UCSC '12) worked with the Santa Cruz Water Department to prepare an insightful thesis on the effect of more frequent billing on water consumption. She found that the additional information will influence consumption behavior as economic models predict provided that the recipient of the bills is also the individual who controls irrigation choices. Here is a copy of her Senior Thesis. Roxanna won UCSC's Weiss Family Fellowship in honor of her work with the Center for Integrated Water Research. Bravo, Roxanna!