Wednesday, July 1, 2015

University of Oklahoma International Water Prize Trophy is a Treasured Work of Art

The highlight of the 2015 WaTER Conference is the presentation of the University of Oklahoma International Water Prize at the award ceremony banquet to the prize winner. This prestigious, biennial award is given to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to global WaSH challenges that focus on the world’s poorest populations. The deserving recipient receives a cash award and a prize trophy.  

A trophy given for such an expressive purpose cannot be a traditional trophy, but rather a work of art that captures the depth and meaning of the award. Glass artist Craig Clingan, of San Antonio, TX, met the challenge to design a trophy that would reflect the express meaning of the University of Oklahoma International Water Prize.  In 2009, utilizing his passion for glass blowing, Craig designed the beautiful prototype of a water drop etched to look like the earth.  The delicate nature, yet sturdy design of the layered glass globe, suggests the beauty and fragility of our world, something innately understood by our Water Prize recipients.

The design process itself takes a similar commitment to excellence, with its multi-layers that are melted, shaped, etched and polished to achieve the desired water-like quality.  “No two globes that I make turn out the same,” explains Craig.  

The Water Prize Globe being presented to CARE’s Peter Lochery at the 2015 International WaTER Conference on Sept. 21, will be the fourth in a series of Water Prize Globes designed by Clingan, who looks forward to creating them in the future.  “This is one of my favorite projects,” says Craig.  “I love the fact that there is a story behind this piece.”

Be present this year to see Peter Lochery accept his unique Globe! For banquet tickets and information, go to or email

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Keynote Speaker – Top NEERI WaSH Scientist and Water Prize Selection Juror

Pawan Labhasetwar, Ph.D. is the Senior Principle Scientist and Head of the Water Technology and Management Division at the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) in Nagpur, India. Working at NEERI since 1989, his experience includes water safety plans, water treatments, greywater treatments and their reuse, environmental sanitation, and environmental impact assessments. He worked with UNICEF from October of 2005 to December of 2007 and has served on the Bureau of Indian Standards as Chair on the Committee for point-of-use water purification systems. 

 He serves as the head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Water and Sanitation and as a member of the Independent Advisory Committee of WHO on the International Scheme to evaluate household water treatment products. Dr Labhasetwar has published more than 400 scientific papers in science journals, scientific reports and national/international conference proceedings.
2013 Conference participants visit with Dr. Labhasetwar

He has co-authored scientific books and is Associate Editor for the International Water Association of journals concerning water science, supply, practice and technology. Dr. Labhasetwar served as a juror on the 2014 Water Prize winner selection panel. A recipient of numerous awards and honours, Dr Labhasetwar holds both bachelors and masters degrees in Engineering from Government Engineering College in Jabalpur, India and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Nagpur University, India.
Dr. Labhasetwar’s will speak at the WaTER Conference of the challenges and opportunities of improved water and sanitation access in rural India.  We look forward to learning of his experience and insight during his keynote address.