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The Water Center

Supports the resiliency, sustainability and equity of urban water systems through guidance, assistance and by directing applied collaborative research
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The Water Center provides integrated real-world solutions to critical urban water problems

We engage and connect the University community with regional water practitioners, decision makers, and national and global thought leaders 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 resiliency.

Water Center News

What would it take to make the Delaware ‘swimmable’?

July 28, 2020 | Penn Today

With funding from the William Penn Foundation, the Water Center at Penn is investigating questions of water quality, access, and equity.

From its source in New York’s Catskill Mountains to its mouth in the Delaware Bay, the Delaware River serves many roles. Fifteen million people from four states drink its water.



Global Discovery Series: Can you Swim in the Delaware River?

Guest Speaker: Howard Neukrug

September 9, 2020
Professor of Practice and Founding Director of the Water Center at Penn, Howard Neukrug, will discuss the history of the Delaware River, ongoing challenges, issues of equity and justice, and a number of possible strategies to move forward.


Research Support Program for Penn Students

The Water Center at Penn encourages Penn undergraduate & graduate students from any discipline to apply for this competitive student grant program to promote research in water science, policy & sustainability.

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Wastewater: A New Hope for War Against the Pandemic?

Wastewater: A New Hope for War Against the Pandemic?

By Swati Hegde

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), most commonly known as the novel coronavirus has already taken a death toll of more than 100,000 in the United States with the number of infections approaching 2 million people.

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