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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 Main Problem


December 31, 2021 | The Magazine of the Heinz Endowments

From lead pipes to stormwater overflows, providing safe, clean water to the Pittsburgh region has been a challenge for years, and climate change has made conditions more difficult. However, government officials and advocacy groups are pushing for changes they hope will make a difference. The Water Center’s executive director Howard Neukrug talks about the Center’s efforts in the South Western Pennyslvania area and says politics of the past should no longer be allowed to impede the region’s social, economic or environmental futures. Read more.




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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?

    Charles Roberts Scholarship Planned Goals

    Charles Roberts Scholarship Planned Goals

    By Cassandra Stuart MPH/MBA Drexel University May 24, 2022 In Summer 2021, Cassandra worked on a project with the EPA which assessed the role combined sewer overflow (CSO) events in the (in)availability of water for recreational use, the potential adverse...

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    A Transition to Local

    A Transition to Local

    Photo Credit: Photo by Lance Anderson on Unsplash. By Miriam Hacker, Ph.D Senior Implementation Lead The Water Center at Penn May 4, 2022 Four years in the making, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Network (SW PA Water Network) is finding its way into a new phase, a...

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