“Engaging the University community with regional decision makers, national thought leaders and global water practitioners 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 resilience. ”

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[Columbia Water Center] America’s Water: We Know the Problems, We Know the Solutions – The U.S. Can Get to an A Rating, co-sponsored by the U.S. Water Partnership

May 01, 2018|8:30 AM – 2:30 PM Columbia University Faculty House

Key focusing area: “Holes in our nation’s water data that when filled can help us better understand the root causes of our water crisis; Public and private funding mechanisms; Ways the water sector can unite and modernize to effect significant change.” REGISTER TODAY!

[Leonhard Ventures] WaterVent Forum

May 02 – May 03, 2018 | Baker Hostelter LLP Philadelphia, Cira Centre

Panel II: Triggering Water Tech Innovations I — Chair: Howard Neukrug, Director- The Water Center at Penn

[The Water Center at Penn] Making Ends Meet: A Water Affordability Workshop                 

May 30, 2018|“A conversation among water utility leaders, mayors, city council members, community leaders and organizations representing the urban poor.”

On the Agenda: The basic human right to water; Re-inventing how we pay for water; Just add stormwater; Developing pathways forward. 


Water Wins Big in US Federal Spending U-turn!  March 29, 2018 (Story from Global Water Intelligence)

“Contrary to the deep federal spending cuts championed by the Trump administration, the omnibus appropriations bill passed late last week in Congress provides the most significant boost to US water and wastewater funding programmes in nearly a decade.Annual allocations to the flagship Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan programmes (SRFs) will be increased by $600 million in 2018 – to a total of $2.9 billion – while appropriations to the budding WIFIA programme will be doubled to $63 million…

The Water Center @ Penn Science Cafe on April 10th


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SAVE THE DATE! May 30-31: National Dialogue on Water Affordability and Equity (Go to Event Page to Learn More!)








Our vision is to support the future resiliency and sustainability of our cities by fostering innovative and integrative research on urban water policies and practices, the water sciences, management, technology, and ecology.

The Water Center is a business, technology and scientific “Hub for Innovation” for the development of 22nd-century approaches to urban water management and policy. The Center will act as a connector between Penn research faculty and students and the broader water interests of the Philadelphia Mid-Atlantic region. We intend to collaborate, integrate and coordinate our work within the growing global network of water innovators. 

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