_Urban Water Alliance

Drexel, NJIT and Rowan have partnered to examine the water resource challenges facing the Northeast.

Water is a critical right, a contested commodity and a fragile resource — and its importance will only expand as population growth and climate change continue.

To ensure that academic expertise is part of the future conversation, Drexel has partnered with the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rowan University to draw on the strengths of water experts at all three universities.


The alliance aims to be a one-stop shop for connecting industry with academic experts

With experts in public health, flooding, water contamination and much more, this new research alliance aims to solve the challenges that affect the region’s water resources.

“Developing relationships between industry and academia are essential steps toward understanding how we can mitigate water resource and management problems in a society that will always face increased industrialization and commercialization,” says Drexel’s Charles Haas, the L.D. Betz professor in the College of Engineering.

Some of the early goals of the alliance include organizing presentations about water resource protection, offering courses about water use and creating an online portal for communicating and sharing information between institutions.
The founders also expect their group to become a resource for public policy and technological development in other regions of the United States and the world.