Water is the universal connector. Safe, sufficient water supply is required for all life on earth. Beyond that, water influences industry, economies and politics, and shapes cultural and religious traditions. The Water Center encourages readers to share their perspectives, ideas, and research on water's many facets by contributing to our blog, Splash.

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A Reflection on the Water Center's Time with the Philadelphia Green Ambassadors at Overbrook Environmental Education Center

Feb 12, 2024

Jazmin Ricks and Bo Nash

For 10 weeks, the Water Center at Penn was immersed in a collaboration with the Overbrook Environmental Education Center’s Philadelphia Green…

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A Focus on Water at COP28

Jan 9, 2024

Scott Moore

Once upon a time, water sector folks could rightly complain that water received little attention in international climate policy, especially relative…

GSI tour of Penn's campus

Water Center Launches Regional Network Collaborative for Water Leadership

Sep 8, 2023

Brenton McCloskey

This month, thanks to grant funding from Spring Point Partners -  - the Water Center launched its Regional Network Collaborative for Water Leadership…

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Global Problems, Local Solutions: An MES Student’s Takeaways from World Water Week 2023

Sep 7, 2023

Bo Nash

Late this summer I had the privilege of being able to attend and volunteer at World Water Week (WWW) in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Extreme Heat, Digitization, and Resilient Water Systems

Aug 15, 2023

Bentley Systems & The Water Center at Penn

“Water is essential for hydrating and cooling always but especially during extreme heat,” said Ellen Kohler, Director of Applied Research and…

Kherson the day after the dam break

Water as a Weapon

Jun 14, 2023

Scott Moore

We don’t yet know what caused the destruction of Ukraine’s Nova Kakhovka Dam last week, causing widespread flooding across the southern portion of…

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Stakeholder Engagement at the Water Center

Jun 13, 2023

Marielle Kang

As I was preparing for my fieldwork, I was curious about the Water Center’s guiding principles for stakeholder engagement. How do we approach…

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Infrastructure Funding Must Reach the Most Vulnerable

Mar 29, 2023

Brenton McCloskey

On March 22, the world celebrated World Water Day. This day was an appropriate backdrop for the first United Nations Water Conference in more than…

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Water Center at Penn and WaterNow: We Think This Is The Beginning Of A Beautiful Friendship…

Feb 2, 2023

Howard Neukrug

We quickly realized that the goals of The Water Center at Penn and WaterNow Alliance are well aligned and that we share a fundamental theory of…

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The Water Center at Penn and WaterNow Alliance establish strategic partnership

Jan 20, 2023

Brenton McCloskey

Through this partnership, the Water Center and WaterNow seek to more effectively address the nation’s most pressing water issues. 

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Industrial Water Reuse Champion Award Call for Nominations

Nov 17, 2022

Brenton McCloskey

The WateReuse Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Veolia, and University of Pennsylvania Water Center are pleased to invite nominations for the…

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The Water Center was awarded a grant from The Water Research Foundation!

Aug 11, 2022

Miriam Hacker

Utilities, municipalities, and counties are at a crossroads; not only must they face external stressors due to climate change, but they must also…