Prevention of Transmission Pillar
Project Theme: Innovation and Commercialization
The goal of this project is to understand if current wastewater treatment and disinfection processes are encouraging the development of antimicrobial resistance within wastewater treatment facilities and whether receiving environments act as reservoirs for antimicrobial elements.
Why is This Important?
If treatment processes encourage or facilitate antimicrobial resistance development, changes to those processes or the addition of new disinfection strategies will be required to protect environmental and human health. This is particularly relevant to the development of water reuse strategies and options.
Leveraged Sources of Support
- Infrastructure at the ACWA research facility will be used to test O3 dosing, screen isolates, and idenfity horizontal gene transmission in envreceiving environments. We will also sample dairy and beef wastewat effluent at Olds and Lakeland Colleges.
Knowledge & Technology: Exchange and Exploitation
- Recommendations regarding ozone dose and contact times plus quantification of the nature and amount of antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, will be translated to utilities and regulators.
Highly Qualified Personnel
- 6 PhD Students
- 4 Summer BSc Research Associates