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SAWS partners with UTSA Engineering to find cost-effective sewer management solutions

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(Nov. 4, 2013) -- Beginning this fall, UTSA civil and environmental engineering professor and Water Institute of Texas (WIT) researcher Marcio Giacomoni will embark on a two-year pilot project to partner with San Antonio Water System (SAWS) in identifying reliable and cost effective solutions to reduce the occurrence of capacity-related sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) in San Antonio.

An SSO is an unpermitted discharge of untreated sewage into the environment from the sewer collection system before reaching the wastewater treatment plant.

UTSA's study will use computer modeling to understand the behaviors of one area of San Antonio's sewer system experiencing overflows because of capacity constraints during heavy rains.

Giacomoni will use simulation and optimization algorithms to develop a model to duplicate the sewer system in this area.

"The benefit of using optimization modeling is that it allows us to find new and better solutions based on a mathematical approach rather than engineering design from empirical analysis," said Giacomoni. "We hope this partnership will help create a culture of using optimization as an industry standard with SAWS leading the way."

UTSA's two-year project will include three workshops for SAWS employees in their optimization model. At the end of the project, SAWS will determine the feasibility of the approach for the city's entire 5,000-mile system.

"SAWS is a national leader in the industry for its novel conservation efforts and proactive water management planning," said Tom Papagiannakis, interim WIT director. "We are pleased to be able to contribute our top-tier research capabilities to support this dynamic community partner."

WIT was formed in 2012 to promote collaboration between nearly three dozen UTSA researchers who are studying water-related issues. Scholars in the institute provide data, information, and technology and policy solutions to decision makers and companies developing short- and long-term water sustainability strategies.

In 2009, UTSA, SAWS, CPS Energy and the Southwest Research Institute partnered to form the Energy Research Alliance of San Antonio and since then have collaborated together to define and implement new and alternative strategies for the development of energy technology.

>> Learn more at the UTSA College of Engineering and the Water Institute of Texas websites.

Since 1992, San Antonio Water System has been a leader in innovative water management strategies, making San Antonio water's most resourceful city. Water and wastewater services are provided to more than one million consumers in the San Antonio region. For more information, visit the San Antonio Water System website.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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