A Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food & Health

Water is the basis of all life on Earth. Treating and managing water in a sustainable and integrated way helps maintain water quantity and quality for a variety of uses, including agriculture. Less than 1% of the world's water is fresh water that we can easily use. To help farmers produce food for growing populations, scientists are working on new techniques for water reuse and exploring nontraditional irrigation water sources.

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Water for irrigation comes from a lot of different sources, including ponds, streams, rivers and canals, or from water treatment plants. Farmers and scientists collect and test water samples from these sources to make sure they are safe for use.

Play Water Sampling and Water Testing (Beta) at

Water Sampling and Testing title screen

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Water, Food, and Our World

Humans and Food Are Part of the Water Cycle

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