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*[The Water Center at Penn] Making Ends Meet: A National Dialogue on Water Affordability [free with registration]      

May 30/31 2018|“A conversation among water utility leaders, mayors, city council members, community leaders and organizations focused on water affordability.”

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*[Webinar: Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Water: Background, Treatment and Utility Perspective]

May 31, 2018 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Presented By:

Detlef Knappe, PhD, Professor, North Carolina State University 

Eric Sickenson, PhD, Project Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority

Charles Hert, PhD, Manager, Laboratory Reserach, Aqua America, Inc. 

Poly- and perfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of anthropogenic chemicals with past and current uses in industrial processes and consumer products, including use as surfactants, surface-protecting agents, and processing aids to produce polymers. A few PFAS such as perflurorooctanoate (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) have been found in the environment, and have become a conern because of their potential toxicity and bioaccumulative properties. In May 2016, the EPA released lifetime health advisories for PFOA and PFOS recommending that drinking water containing PFOA or PFOS individually or in combination at concentrations greater than 70 ng/L should undergo further testing and efforts to limit exposure. This webcast will present knowledge on PFAS including occurance, analytical methods, regulations, treatment and will provide a utility perpective on the issue. 

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[Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities] Green Infrastructure? A Symposium on the Technologies of Nature and the Nature of Technologies 

May 10, 2018 | 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM Morgan Building Gallery |205 South 34th Street Philadelphia

Key Focus Area: The implementation and effectiveness of green infrastructure and the impact it has on the community. 

Discussant: Stephanie Chiorean for The Penn Water Center

[Waterfront Alliance] Cities on the Edge: 2018 Waterfront Conference

May 08, 2018|8:40 AM – 5:00 PM Aboard the Hornblower Infinity Hudson River Park | Pier 40 New York City

Key Focus Area: “Cities on the Edge will explore how local and municipal leaders in coastal cities are leading the response to adapt to climate change.”



Could This Low-Cost Device Provide Clean Drinking Water to Those in Need? May 24, 2018 (Story from Smithsonian)

Engineers from the University of Buffalo have created an upgraded solar still that uses carbon paper and the sun to purify water at an unprecedented rate. 

Making Connections and Leveraging Dollars May 11, 2018 (Story from Waterfront Alliance)

Director Howard Neukrug is interviewed at the Waterfont Alliance Conference in New York to talk about urban water sustainability. 

South Africa: Iceberg Proposal as New Water Source for Cape Town May 2, 2018 (Story from

Marine salvage expert, Nick Sloane, is proposing a plan to tow icebergs to Cape Town to ease the city’s water crisis!


New Members of the Leading Utilities of the World Share their Challenges and Innovative Solutions at the Global Water Summit in Paris

“Within the water industry we need to drive innovation. We need more research and more development. Mostly we need more leadership. Leadership to drive that innovation and political will with business leaders and driving communities to act. We need collaboration within our industry and with other sectors. We need communication with the public to educate on their role in developing sustainable and livable communities for today and tomorrow.”

 – Cindy Wallis-Lage, President, Water Business, Black & Veatch Corporation


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