Water is our most precious resource.

It sustains life, offers a habitat for marine life, a source of energy, a medium for transportation, hydration for agriculture, and moderation for climate and temperature. It is essential for the survival not only of humans but of all life on this planet.

The responsible management of water will be a paramount issue for the 21st century. In less than 25 years, two-thirds of the global population is expected to be living in water-stressed conditions where periodic shortages can be expected. Water supplies are increasingly under pressure from intensification of urban areas, economic and industrial growth, expansion of agriculture, and impacts of climate change. With approximately 1.1 billion people worldwide lacking access to clean drinking water and 2.4 billion lacking access to sanitation, the need for innovation and practical solutions is urgent. Research is needed to develop and implement new approaches to providing safe water and sanitation, protection of water resources and aquatic ecosystems, mitigation of climate change effects, prevention of water-borne disease outbreaks and achieving effective water governance that meets the needs and unique circumstances of local and global communities.

Carleton University is a leader in water research and education. Global Water Institute (GWI) has more than 100 researchers from all faculties at Carleton University, and has established strong ties with the federal and provincial governments, industrial partners, non-profit organizations, research institutions, and international water networks.

The GWI carries out innovative interdisciplinary research with national and international partners on the following themes:

1. Water technologies

2. Water and health

3. Water and environment

4. Water and indigenous communities

5. Water policy and economy

6. Water and society, and

7. International development