Water Research Foundation (WRF) is the leading not-for-profit research cooperative that advances the science of water to protect public health and the environment. Governed by utilities, WRF delivers scientifically sound research solutions and knowledge to serve our subscribers and stakeholders in all areas of drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and reuse.

Through careful investment of research dollars from over 1,000 subscribers in the United States and abroad, WRF has funded and managed more than 1,500 research studies valued at more than $500 million. From asset management to treatment, utility finance to resource management, conveyance systems to water quality, we are at the forefront of researching the issues that matter most to all of us.
Sponsoring Comprehensive, Credible, and Timely Research
Since 1966, we have funded and managed research that is trusted throughout the international water community. Our research is conducted with scientific integrity under the guidance of experts in a variety of fields. This scientific rigor and third-party credibility is valued by utility managers, public health officials, and regulators in their decision-making processes.
Subscriber Benefits
Our subscribers guide our work in almost every way—from planning our research agenda through executing research projects to delivering results. This partnership ensures that our research addresses real-world challenges and results in knowledge and tools that can be effectively applied. By joining the Water Research Foundation, subscribers leverage their research dollars with over 1,000 utilities, consultants, manufacturers, and water organizations.
Fostering Collaboration
We actively collaborate with public and private utilities, global nonprofits, and government agencies to capitalize on each organization’s expertise and maximize impact. Such collaboration allows us to:
  • Leverage resources
  • Find the best solutions to problems of shared interest
  • Develop and disseminate broad-based knowledge to the widest possible audience
Dedicated Staff
WRF’s dedicated staff of Regional Liaisons and Research Managers has the expertise to deliver personalized support, meeting subscriber needs in a timely and responsive manner. Along with our knowledgeable staff, subscribers also gain access to a global network of experts, providing opportunities for professional networking and best practice sharing.
Water Research Foundation has 50 years of experience in water research, giving subscribers access to the world’s most comprehensive collection of water knowledge.