About Us

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Who We Are

Our story began more than 50 years ago with the investment of $34,000 from the American Water Works Association to form a nonprofit 501(c)(3) research foundation whose goal was to fund applied research important to water utilities. Today, we are the world’s leading one water research and innovation organization operating on six continents. Our Foundation represents approximately 1,200 subscribers, hosts an online research library of more than 2,300 projects valued at $700 million, manages an innovation platform with a database of more than 1,100 innovative technologies, and so much more.

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What We Do

The Water Research Foundation engages exclusively in nonprofit, charitable, and educational activities designed to initiate, supervise, coordinate, promote, and finance research in the technology, operation, and management of water, wastewater, reuse and stormwater collection, treatment and supply systems, towards ensuring water quality and improving water service to the public.

Participate in Research

Join more than 750 professionals from throughout the water community who share their time and expertise in directing our research efforts.

Research Partners

We actively collaborate with public private utilities, nonprofits, and government agencies from around the world. 

Annual Report

We have made significant strides in all aspects of our work, from research and innovation to collaboration and funding.

Join Our Team

Do you want to work in a collaborative environment with like-minded professionals dedicated to advancing the science of water and the environment? View our open career opportunities and submit your application today!

Recognizing Industry Leaders

To honor some of our most influential utility and research partners, we established the following awards:

Outstanding Subscriber Award

This award honors subscribing utilities that have made notable improvements using our research.

Research & Innovation Award

This award honors researchers that have made significant contributions to advancing the science of water.

Paul L. Busch Award

This award honors individuals for practical applications of innovative research in the field of water quality and the environment.