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.
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe - Her Humanitarian Quest
Speaking for those who cannot
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, one of Time Magazines most influential people of 2014, is on a healing quest. This dedicated nun 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. Now, by bringing their story to light, Sister Rosemary is attempting to restore their rightful dignity, independence and social acceptance; she is helping them heal.
This humanitarian campaign is drawing the attention of the media, influential individuals and global community partnerships as they join together in increasing numbers to offer support. The WaTER Center is proud to join in these numbers to assist in telling Sister Rosemary’s inspirational story. Her experiences have been recorded in the book Sewing Hope , and have also been produced as a feature documentary. To learn more about this amazing woman, read on.
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...
2014 OU WaTER Symposium - Fri. Sept. 26
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”
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.
WATER CENTER EVENTS
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.
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