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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.

Earth Day Celebration





Join the WaTER Center and members of Sooners Without Borders, Global Brigades, 1040i, and the OU Wells Project on the South Oval for the first annual OU Water Walk 2014



Join us on Thursday, April 17th from 6-8pm at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History for the 2014 Social Entrepreneurship Symposium. Experts, designers, and innovators from across Oklahoma and the nation will come together to discuss the role of design thinking in social entrepreneurship and in University of Oklahoma curricula and programs.

Social Entrepreneur and author of Out of Poverty Paul Polak will deliver a keynote lecture, followed by a panel discussion with social innovators and designers from the Oklahoma community. Finally, there will be a reception showcasing socially innovative designs from across Oklahoma. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Dr. Paul Polak is the CEO and founder of Windhorse International, a social venture leading a revolution in the way companies design, price, and distribute products to the poor. He also founded iDE, which has helped bring nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest people out of poverty through innovative product design and distribution.

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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.

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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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