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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.

We are proud to announce that Ms. Ada Oko-Williams was named the 2013 OU International Water Prize winner on Friday, Sept. 21 on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus at the OU WaTER Symposium.

Ms. Oko-Williams is currently the assistant director for the Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West Africa Regional Development (STEWARD) program; a US Forest Services International Programs/USAID program and has more than a decade of experience in the development sector on that continent. Her prior contributions to WSA and WaterAid include bringing about positive change in the lives of many communities in her native country of Nigeria and the West African region.

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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.

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.

2015 OU Water Prize winner chosen at WaTER Symposium



Please join us in applauding Mr. Peter Lochery, chosen at this year's OU Water Symposium to be our fourth Water Prize awardee!


Peter Lochery is an environmental engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the water sector. He has worked in the private sector, with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program, and since 1995 with CARE, where he leads CARE’s global relief and development programming in water and sanitation and water resources. Mr. Lochery plays a key role in expanding CARE’s participation in international, regional and in- country partnerships to build capacity, reach consensus on best practice, and increase investment in water and sanitation. He has helped to develop long-term programs focused on learning and on building relationships with the private sector to expand corporate social responsibility. In addition to MWA, he serves on the board of Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation.


Peter will be awarded the prestigious International Water Prize at our 2015 Water Conference, September 21-23, 2015. There he will give the Water Prize Keynote address at the Banquet.


Congratulations, Peter!




2014 OU WaTER Symposium - Fri. Sept. 26, 9 am - Noon

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Auditorium

1140 Gaylord Hall, Norman campus


“Comments by experts around the world on water issues” 

“Announcement of the OU International Water Prize Winner"

“Question & Answer session by leading water experts”

Register here for the Symposium!

The Symposium is free and open to the public!


To view a full size announcement, click here.

Parking is available in the multi-purpose lot south of the stadium until 1pm.

ARRC Specialty Series and WaTER Center Seminar



Emmanouil Anagnostou, Ph.D., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the inter‐disciplinary Environmental Engineering Program at the
University of Connecticut presented his abstract "Advancing Precipitation Remote Sensing Techniques over Complex Terrain for Flood Modeling” was held  May 8 at the National Weather Center,  



Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe was named one of TIME Magazine's 2014 100 Most Influential People in the World. See how the students and faculty at the University of Oklahoma are involved with her mission.  Click here to learn more.




Four University of Oklahoma student organizations came together with the OU WaTER Center for the first annual Water Walk to bring awareness about the large number of the world population that do not have access to safe water. Read more about this Earth Day Celebration Event in these stories from the OU Daily and the Norman Transcript.




During the recent Thanksgiving holiday, a group of University of Oklahoma college of Engineering students and professors made a trip to El Salvador to help build water systems.  To read more about the efforts of these Sooners Without Borders members and their positive experiences with the local community, click here.


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

This year's WaTER Conference featured original works by Native American artists from nine different tribal nations. A sample of one of the works that were on display can be seen here. Please explore and enjoy the imaginations of these talented artists by visiting their individual websites.

Campana_ 2013_Conference

Oregon State University Professor and longtime WaTER Center friend Michael Campana has spent 40 years seeking sustainable water and sanitation solutions for developing countries.  Through academic work and the Anna Campana Judge Foundation, Dr. Campana does more than just talk about helping others, but is a practicing "hydrophilanthropist".  In recent issues of Water Well Journal and National Driller, Campana speaks of the history of this passion, the history of the WaTER Center, and the ways that other may get involved.

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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