Water at Illinois

Want to know who is working on water in Illinois?
The organizations on this page care about water and are making a difference.







Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is an international nonprofit organization which strives to develop bottom-up sustainable engineering solutions at the community level in the developing world. With over 12,000 members, and 350 projects in 45 different countries, EWB has had a profound impact on the lives of millions of people around the world. Student Chapter of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is one of the largest student chapters, working on 4 projects in 3 countries.

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Prairie Rivers Network is Illinois' advocate for clean water and healthy rivers. We champion clean, healthy rivers and lakes and safe drinking water to benefit the people and wildlife of Illinois. Learn more on our website: http://prairierivers.org/


Water Environment Federation (WEF) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign offers students interested in water resources engineering and water/waste water quality an opportunity to learn about current issues facing the water world today. Our mission is to get involved within these fields through going on company tours to firms within the water industry as well as taking waste water treatment plant visits. Our greatest focus is on the regional and national student design competitions. We feel it is important to apply the concepts we learn in our courses to real world issues in order to practice the critical thinking skills demanded by industry. The organization is open to all levels of students and it is a great way to prepare to be the professional engineers we aspire to become.



Safe Global Water Institute (SGWI) is a consortium of global centers of excellence in research, education, and regional stakeholders working across the boundaries of Water & Sanitation with Health, Food, and Energy. United, we are working to overcome the basic science, engineering solutions, educational capacity, and socio-economic barriers to providing sustainable safe water and sanitation to the peoples of the world.

At the core of the SGWI, is the Center of Advanced Materials for the Purification of Water with Systems (WaterCAMPWS), part of the National Science Foundation’s premier Science and Technology Centers program. For over ten years, the WaterCAMPWS has been a world leader in the water purification sciences with research collaborations in the United States and international partnerships in over 20 countries. SGWI is the transformation of these global partnerships into a focused consortium that can address the full spectrum of safe water and sanitation needs from advancing science and engineering in state-of-the-art facilities, to implementation of new solutions in target rural communities, and to increasing the global human capacity to ensure long-term sustainability of new technologies. SGWI is looking to expand its mutually beneficial partnerships along the whole value chain from invention and implementation to long-term sustainability.