Utah State University graduate student Jenny Paget Hurst was recently awarded the $1,000 Dr. Robert W. Okey Scholarship. The award is sponsored by the Water Environment Association of Utah (WEAU).
For her scholarship application essay, Hurst wrote about water reuse in Utah, examining the disappearance of freshwater resources and the possibilities of reusing treated water from wastewater treatment plants for agriculture, wetlands, landscaping and toilet water as ways to preserve fresh water.
Hurst is currently working with Professor Judy Sims, from the department of biological and irrigation engineering, on a project examining different onsite wastewater treatment systems that would be effective in Utah’s climate and soil types.
“I am very pleased that WEAU decided to honor Jenny,” Sims said. “She is dedicated to the field of environmental engineering and to the protection of public health.”
Hurst received a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering in May and is currently pursuing graduate studies in the field.