OU WaTER Center: The Water Technologies for Emerging Regions (WaTER) Center seeks to develop sustainable solutions that we believe are only possible through integrating technology, business and social understanding. The University of Oklahoma is uniquely positioned to address the challenges of fresh water and sanitation for impoverished regions because of the state of Oklahoma's long history with water challenges. In addition to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, Oklahomans have experience with ground water impacted by naturally occurring arsenic and fluoride and surface water impacted by historic mining practices, all issues that plague developing countries. The OU school of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science has been conducting research in these areas for over 50 years. Furthermore, OU has an interdisciplinary group of students and faculty who are very committed to working together to address the global water problem. Our approach and capabilities are primarily built around the areas of assessment, development and sustainability.