California's Next-Gen Infrastructure
Infrastructure is changing, soon the word will mean something much bigger and much smaller: a resilient infrastructure that can manage the energy, water, transportation and other human needs on scales from individual homes to whole cities and entire states.
On California, the drought and the ‘yuck factor’
Although hydrologists say California has emerged from its most recent drought, how cities get their water is weighing on the state’s experts — now more than ever. David Sedlak, BWC Co-Director says our urban water infrastructure, mostly built after World War II as California underwent massive development, needs a major upgrade in order to keep our cities thriving well into the future.
Public Spaces, Private Acts: Toilets and Gender Equality
Isha Ray examines gender equality through the lens of access to basic sanitation: If we are to make sanitation truly accessible, we must explicitly design and construct infrastructure that meets the needs of the most marginalized—including the low-income woman whose dignity and mobility rests on the presence of clean, safe facilities outside of the home.
Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our 2017 Berkeley Water Center graduates Adam Rausch, Katya Cherukumilli, James Barazesh, Will Tarpah, Olga Kavvada, and Tom Bruton!

Arlene Blum
Some highly fluorinated chemicals are harder to filter from water

Arlene Blum, executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute and a research associate in chemistry at the University of California-Berkeley, talks about how some kinds of chemicals are harder to filter from water. These compounds belong to a family called highly fluorinated chemicals. They’re used to make carpets, clothes and cookware stain and water repellant. They’ve also been used in firefighting foam at military bases and airports.

Daniel Kammen
Harnessing the Power of Rivers

Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory's Daniel Kammen and Rebekah Shirley talk about A Better Way to Harness the Power of Rivers: How system-​​scale planning and management of hydropower can yield economic, financial and environmental benefits.