Congratulations to the winner of the 2019 University of Oklahoma International Water Prize, Martha Gebeyehu of the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church Development Commission.
Welcome to the OU WaTER Center
The Water Technologies for Emerging Regions (WaTER) Center is a grass roots, faculty led effort that began in 2006. The Center was developed to meet a growing need for university-based programs with the personnel and abilities to play a key part in the international water supply and sanitation scene through the development and transfer of appropriate and sustainable water and sanitation solutions.
Every other year, beginning in 2009, the OU WaTER Center hosts the OU International WaTER Conference and Water Prize Award, held in Norman, Oklahoma. And every other year, beginning in 2008, the OU WaTER Center hosts the OU Water Symposia, during which time an assembly of five to seven water experts gather in Norman to select the WaTER Price Award recipient, who then delivers their plenary speech during the following year's Conference.
We invite you to learn more about our Center, including related research, events and ways you can connect with us.
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