With approximately 50,000 miles of rivers and streams, 7,800 lakes, and 3,200 miles of coastline, water is an essential resource for the economic, social, and cultural well-being of the state of Washington. The State of Washington Water Research Center (SWWRC) was established in 1964 by federal legislation along with 54 other water centers and institutes throughout the United States and territories. Located in Pullman, Washington, the SWWRC is a joint agency of Washington State University and the University of Washington, with input from other state research universities through a Joint Scientific Committee (JSC).The SWWRC has over 40 years of involvement in water resources problems and issues and is established itself as a primary link between water-related personnel in the academic community; local, state, and federal government; and the private sector.

The SWWRC has a threefold mission: i) to oversee and conduct applied water-related research, ii) to foster the education and training of our Nation's future water professionals, and iii) to transfer research results to those who manage or use the Nation's water resources.

Water Fact: In 1908, Jersey City, New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois were the first water supplies to be chlorinated in the United States.