About Us

The Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania is a trans-disciplinary applied research center focused on solving today’s urban water challenges. Aligning the University of Pennsylvania’s academic resources with water practitioner expertise, the Water Center at Penn combines policy, science and technology to create equitable, resilient and sustainable solutions.

What we do


fostering meaningful and impactful applied, scientific, and policy research in support of real-world solutions to our global water challenges


connecting regional and global water experts and practitioners with academics from multiple disciplines to share information, stimulate new thinking, and encourage collaboration


creating opportunities for Penn students and researchers to engage with local neighbors and global communities to secure safe, equitable and just access to water


supporting the next generation of global water leaders

“Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, energy and food production, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. Water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between the society and the environment.”

The United Nations