Rice University Launches WaTER Institute to Develop Accessible Clean Water Tech

Rice University Launches WaTER Institute to Develop Accessible Clean Water Tech

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Rice University recently unveiled its new WaTER Institute, which seeks to address the widespread lack of access to clean municipal drinking water in America, along with other complex water-related challenges.

Directed by Pedro Alvarez, the initiative aims to improve public health, energy efficiency, and infrastructure resilience through multidisciplinary research and innovation. It addresses crucial challenges such as safe water access, disaster protection, and sustainable energy and food production, emphasizing the removal of harmful contaminants like PFAS from water supplies.

The institute's collaborative approach involves working with various disciplines across Rice University to develop sustainable, energy-efficient solutions for clean water production and distribution. It also focuses on entrepreneurship in water technologies, partnering with local health departments and research centers to enhance water quality and infrastructure resilience.

This initiative underscores Rice University's dedication to solving pressing environmental challenges through scientific innovation and community engagement. By combining research with policy and technology development, the WaTER Institute is poised to make significant strides in global water management and sustainability efforts.

“Rice has strategically increased its investment in research that will positively impact the community, region, nation and world,” says President Reginald DesRoches. “As university president and a civil engineer, I am confident that Rice scientists will make discoveries that transform lives and communities through innovation.”

Read more about the WaTER Institute here.


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