The Berkeley Water Center

Who we are

The Berkeley Water Center seeks to create more resilient, equitable, and sustainable water systems with access to safe water for all. We leverage Berkeley research to accelerate groundbreaking solutions for the world’s water problems.

The Berkeley Water Center is supported by the College of Natural Resources and the College of Engineering. Its affiliates work across the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and have a broad range of research interests and expertise, spanning engineered infrastructure and technology development; planning, monitoring and understanding of natural and engineered water systems; understanding of social, institutional and political contexts of water systems; equitable access to water; water law and policy; economics of urban and agricultural water systems; and public health.

Our priorities

Research: We cultivate, facilitate and support a broad range of interdisciplinary research projects to address local and global water challenges. We convene diverse teams to understand current issues and collaboratively innovate to prevent future water crises.

Engagement: We foster partnerships, build connections and facilitate collaboration among academia, policy-makers, and practitioners to enable research-driven solutions to emergent water challenges.

Outreach: We translate research results for a wide audience of policy-makers, practitioners, and the public to better inform decision-making about water system planning and development. We promote and amplify research results so that they may have a greater impact outside of academia.

Education: We empower UC Berkeley students with opportunities, skills and a research community to develop innovative ideas and to become water leaders. We also encourage access to water-related science, technology and engineering curriculum in area schools.