The University of Utah Water Center is dedicated to improving lives through interdisciplinary research that promotes the security of the Earth’s water systems.

Our Center serves as a hub bridging the traditional divides between the fields of engineering, economics, biology, public health, law and public policy.

We foster a collaborative, systems-based approach to knowledge creation, and believe that by bringing together scholars, professionals, and communities from different backgrounds and perspectives we can develop new ways of approaching and solving the world's water security challenges.

What We Do


• Collaborate on interdisciplinary research that informs public policy

• Advance technology to support global water security


• Build the educational and professional capacity of partner organizations

• Create innovative approaches to education and curriculum


• Host student and faculty exchange programs that support global proficiency

• Train the next generation of water professionals

Who We Work With


We partner with other universities to leverage our collective knowledge and resources. Together, we pursue research, advance technology, develop innovative curriculum, and create exchange opportunities and mentorships that empower both students and  faculty to be leaders in the global water conversation.

Non-governmental Organizations

Our proven model for international capacity building in the education sector makes us a natural partner for NGOs working toward solving the world’s water security challenges.


It is imperative that government officials design smart, data-informed policies for managing water in their communities—The Water Center researchers partner with public offices and water professionals to provide research and trainings to inform their decision-making.


With an eye toward integration and sustainability, we work alongside communities to define challenges and create place-based solutions to local water challenges.

Why Utah?

Utah is the second driest state in the U.S. The history of our region is a lesson of learning to live within the limitations of water and developing innovative systems and technologies that have allowed society to thrive in an arid landscape.