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

Revealed: millions of Americans can’t afford water as bills rise 80% in a decade

June 23, 2020 | The Guardian

“High-cost low-quality water is a national issue … the federal government is clearly not playing the role it needs to play,” said Howard Neukrug, director of the water centre at the University of Pennsylvania and former head of Philadelphia’s water department.

“The bottom line is that assuming there’s no federal helicopter with $1tn, rates are going to go up dramatically to pay for infrastructure and quality issues,” he added.


Virtual Water Exchange Speaker Series

The Water Center at Penn invites you to our Virtual Water Exchange Speaker Series



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

1st Annual Financing Coastal Resilience Summit

1st Annual Financing Coastal Resilience Summit

By Alison De Luise

On January 16, the Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania joined forces with Coastal Strategies and the Coastal States Organization to convene experts in the fields of finance, municipal administration, environmental management,

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