About the Research Foundation

The WateReuse Research Foundation is an educational, nonprofit public benefit corporation that serves as a centralized organization for the water and wastewater community to advance the science of water reuse, recycling, reclamation, and desalination. The Foundation's research covers a broad spectrum of issues, including chemical contaminants, microbiological agents, treatment technologies, salinity management, public perception, economics, and marketing.

The mission of the Research Foundation is to conduct and promote applied research on the reclamation, recycling, reuse, and desalination of water. The Foundation's research advances the science of water reuse and supports communities across the United States and abroad in their efforts to create new sources of high quality water through the reclamation, reuse, and desalination while protecting public health and the environment. The Foundation's research provides information on the safety and quality of reclaimed and recycled water, and provides water professionals with the tools and knowledge to meet their commitment of increasing the reliability and quality of the nation's water supplies. The Foundation meets these goals by building on:

  • Scientific integrity
  • Collaborative partnerships to address critical needs;
  • Leverage of research dollars;
  • Member involvement; and
  • Demonstrated benefits.

The Research Foundation's primary sources of funding are its Subscribers and its funding partners, which include the Bureau of Reclamation, the California State Water Resources Control Board, and the California Energy Commission. The Foundation's Subscribers include water and wastewater agencies and other interested organizations. The Foundation is committed to pursuing new partners to collaborate on research and leverage resources.