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Call for Abstracts !  Submissions due March 20!   Scroll down for details!

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.



The 2015 OU International Water Prize Winner

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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Saving the world one drop at a time

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.

Water and Sanitation for Health and Sustainable Development Minor

Learn about the New WaTER Minor!

The WaTER Minor is designed for engineering and non-engineering majors who have an interest in development work in emerging regions, particularly the sectors of water, sanitation and health.

Want to learn more?

An introductory course on the significance of water in our world, Water, H2O, and WaTER (PDF), is offered to interested students.



The WaTER Center

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.

This website offers you the opportunity to learn about upcoming WaTER events, local and international WaTER initiatives and how you can contribute to solving the world water crisis.

Call for Abstracts - Due March 20 - 2015 OU WaTER Conference and International Water Prize Award Ceremony Sept. 21-23

"off the grid: sustainable water and sanitation in a non-networked world"

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Abstracts are due March 20.  Click here to submit your abstract.

The OU WaTER Center is soliciting abstracts for posters and oral presentations for the 2015 OU International WaTER Conference to be held in Norman, Oklahoma Sept. 21-23.   

 A limited number of international (developing country pdf) travel scholarships will be available.

Click here for details about the travel scholarship application.

Conference registration is now available.  Click here for registration information.

Professor Nairn Receives $1.6 Million Water Cleanup Grant

Design and construction begins in 2015



With a grant from the State of Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, WaTER Center Associate Director Robert Nairn is able to pursue his water cleanup goals in northeast Oklahoma.  Click here to learn more.

Sooners Without Borders Travel to El Salvador




Thanksgiving break for most students means spending time with family and food.  But a group of OU students used their holiday break for service.  They headed more than 2,100 miles away to Central America.  Read on...

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe - Her Humanitarian Quest



Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, friend of the WaTER Center and one of Time Magazines most influential people of 2014, is travelling the globe speaking for those who cannot.  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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