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.

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The Water Center at Penn Statement on Chemical Spill in Bucks County

March 27, 2023 | Philadelphia, PA

The Water Center at Penn is disheartened to hear of the thousands of gallons of chemicals that were spilled into a Delaware River tributary late Friday evening, March 24th. The chemicals were released by Trinseo Altuglas, citing equipment failure as the cause of the spill, with potential impacts to residents and businesses in parts of Philadelphia

Read our full statement here.

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Recognizing Role of Groundwater in Climate Resilience

By Tony Sauder

    Climate change science  predicts sea level rise and increased frequency of extreme events like droughts and storms.  The importance of groundwater management in arid or drought prone regions is undeniable.  So how does understanding groundwater movement,recharge, and storage effect the mitigation of extreme events?  And what is the impact of groundwater policies on sea level rise?