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The 4th Biennial University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference and International Water Prize Award Ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 21-23, 2015 in Norman, Okla., USA.  Full two days of meetings and presentations (Sept. 21-22) are followed by optional workshops on Sept. 23.


CARE director of the Water Team Peter Lochery was chosen at this year's WaTER Symposium to be the fourth Water Prize awardee.

Peter will be awarded the prestigious International Water Prize at our 2015 WaTER Conference, Sept. 21-23, 2015.  He  will give the Water Prize Keynote address at the  conference banquet.

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The WaTER (Water Technologies for Emerging Regions) Center at the University of Oklahoma is bringing together researchers and advocates from around the world to focus on the life-sustaining resource, clean water. The center reports that more children die each year due to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene than AIDS and malaria. This is not due to water scarcity, but rather poverty, inequality and government failures.

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The University of Oklahoma WaTER Center aims to promote peace by advancing health, education and economic development through sustainable water and sanitation solutions for impoverished regions.

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2015 OU International WaTER Conference and International Water Prize Award Ceremony Sept. 21-23

"Off the Grid: Sustainable Water and Sanitation in a Non-Networked World"




Norman, Oklahoma, USA. 

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Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe - Her Humanitarian Quest

Speaking for those who cannot


Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, friend of the WaTER Center and one of Time Magazines most influential people of 2014, is travelling the globe to raise awareness and assistance for young women and children who have suffered unspeakable horrors and atrocities during the past war in Uganda. Her campaign is drawing the attention of the media, influential individuals and global community partnerships as they join together in increasing numbers to offer support. Please read on to learn more about this amazing woman.

2015 OU Water Prize winner chosen at WaTER Symposium



Peter Lochery was announced as the University of Oklahoma's 2015 WaTER Prize recipient at the WaTER Center Symposium Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

This prize recognizes and honors an individual who has made significant international contributions, either through research, teaching or service activities in the field of water supply and sanitation, with a focus on the world's poorest living in developing countries.  Read more...

Did you know

  • Approximately one SIXTH of the world's population lacks access to safe water
  • 2.6 billion people lack access to improved sanitation
  • On average a child dies every 15 seconds because of lack of safe water and adequate sanitation
  • 88 percent of all diseases are caused by unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene
  • The average American individual uses 100 to 176 gallons of water at home each day while the average African family uses about 5 gallons per day

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