The Water Center

Supporting 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.

In the News
Philadelphia and the World’s Water Crisis: Location Solutions to a Global Challenge

November 14, 2019| The Athenæum of Philadelphia

Scott Moore, senior fellow at the Water Center, gave a talk at the Athenæum of Philadelphia.

(Credits: The Athenæum of Philadelphia)



The Mazars Women of Water Summit

January 9, 2020 

Arlington, VA 

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Congratulations 2019 Undergraduate Grant Recipients

The Water Center at Penn awarded research grants during Fall 2019  to 5 undergraduate students under the Student Support Program Award. The students will use the grant money for research in water science, policy and sustainability. The grant aims to recognize academic excellence and prepare students for leadership roles by encouraging applied research and community engagement. The students will work on various water issues in India, Kenya, Rwanda, Puerto Rico and the United States. 

Student Opportunities

Internship with Okavango Research Institute

Deadline: January 15, 2020

This collaboration between The Water Center at Penn (WCP) and Botswana UPenn Partnership (BUP) will provide Penn students with the opportunity to tackle pressing global water challenges while investigating under local Botswana water and political experts. Additionally, this opportunity will allow Penn students to immerse themselves within a rich, southern African culture and engage with their peers from across the world.

Water Stress to Water Scarcity

Water Stress to Water Scarcity

By Swati Hegde, Ph.D.

We are rolling drunk on the planet’s most important resource- water. Water scarcity is a global issue, which means we have problems in our own backyard. The United States appears as a country with little or no water scarcity to the rest of the world.

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