The WE2ST Water Technology Hub promotes academic-industry collaboration to solve municipal and industrial  water problems across scales. Through world-class research and labs, the WE2ST Water Technology Hub provides  an environment to develop, test, and validate technologies for global water challenges, while enhancing the  education of engineers and scientists in Colorado, the United States, and around the world.


Capabilities include pilot/demo-scale testing of conventional and advanced water treatment technologies;on-site water testing of general water quality, hydrocarbons (BTEX, PAHs, etc.) and Contaminants of Emerging  Concern (pharmaceuticals, personal care products, etc.); and bench-scale testing and treatability of waterand wastewater.

The WE2ST Water Technology Hub is located in a 10,000 ft2 water treatment research facility in Denver. Previously  owned by a midstream oil and gas company, NGL Energy Partners, the facility was used as a testbed for new  wastewater treatment technologies. In 2017, NGL Energy Partners donated the facility equipment to Mines.

Concurrently, discussions with the Zoma Foundation led to a donation of funds to establish the new research  center, which focuses on development of innovative technologies for treatment and reuse of industrial wastewater.

projects and areas of focus

Two inaugural projects will begin in 2019—a $700,000 Department of Energy grant in collaboration with  University of California, Los Angeles on solar destination, and a small project in collaboration with the National  Renewable Energy Laboratories on hydrokinetic energy desalination.

  • Oil and gas
  • Mining
  • Power plants
  • Paper and pulp
  • Drinking water
  • Potable reuse
  • Wastewater
  • Groundwater
  • Surface water
Water, Energy and Food
  • Fate and transport in plants
  • Sustainable water uses


James Rosenblum

Managing Director

Tzahi Cath

WE2ST Co-Director