Engaging the University community with regional decision makers, national thought leaders and global water practitioners for the purpose of developing integrated and innovative urban water strategies that address public health, infrastructure, and the socioeconomic and environmental challenges of long-term urban water sustainability and resilience. 

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Our vision is to be the preeminent center for the regional and global advancement of innovative urban water strategies that create integrative real-world solutions for our shared water problems. 


Our mission is to support the resiliency and sustainability of our cities through collaborative and innovative research focused on integrated urban water policies and practices, water sciences, systems management, technology and water ecology


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Mike Bloomberg Names Philadelphia Winner in Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge October 22, 2018, (Story from Bloomberg Philanthropies)

The Physics of Harbor Gates October 22, 2018, (Story from Waterfront Alliance)

Control of Dysfunctional Water Utility Seized October 18, 2018, (Story from Water Online)

Decades-Old Chemicals, New Angst Over Drinking Water October 3, 2018, (Story from NPR)


Highlights from a watershed scoping project in Enriquillo, Dominican Republic to better understand the water supply system. The community, dependent on a river named Rio Sito, dwindling in volume, there was a lot to investigate. How safe is this water to drink? How many people can this water supply service?  What is the willingness to pay? How can the water supply system be improved? Why is this river’s water volume reducing?


Management Technologies for Prevention and Mitigation of Legionella Webinar

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 3-4:30pm

Location: Webcast

There are several management technologies that can help control Legionella in building water systemsMany technical and practical considerations are necessary to choose the appropriate mitigation strategy for a particular site. This webcast will focus on the current understanding of prevention and mitigation technologies for Legionella management.

This is the second in a series of three webcasts on mitigation and control of Legionella in building water systems. In cooperation with NSF International, this series was derived from the conference Managing Legionella in Building Water Systems, held May 9-11, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. 

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American Water Summit 2018: Inspiring Innovation

Date: Oct 24-26, 2018

Location: Lowes Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

The American water sector is riding high with investment growth at its highest level for more than a decade. A strong economy and continued support for key federal funding programs have helped drive demand for new technologies and infrastructure. But what is next? This is the question that top executives in the water industry – public and private – have on their minds. It is also the reason why they will be taking part in the American Water Summit in Philadelphia on 24-26 October: to get answers.

The Summit brings together C-suite executives from across the industry to talk frankly about money and water, and how the two combine with innovation and leadership to create strategy. AWS is a space where the decision makers and thought leaders join the dialogue that will shape water’s future. It is a compelling discussion for all of the industry’s key participants: utilities leaders, engineers, technology suppliers, service providers, and investors.

This year’s edition is particularly urgent. The systems that have worked for the North American water industry for the past 40 years are looking more vulnerable than ever: at the same time the opportunities in change are looking brighter than ever.

2019 Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit

Date: January 27-30, 2019

Location: Grand Hotel, Cape May, NJ

Every two years, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE)  holds a summit that focuses on developing practical solutions to challenges facing our tidal Delaware River and Bay. We invite scientists, managers, educators and the public. Our next summit, set for January 2019, will be a four-day event featuring dozens of experts and more than 100 presentations about clean water, healthy habitats, shellfish, tidal wetlands and more.

Since its launch in 2005, the summit has served as a catalyst for collaboration, bringing experts from diverse sectors who share a common cause and a passion for environmental preservation.

The theme is Estuary 2029: Saving Our System Through Collaboration

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