Water Center of Excellence


As fresh water becomes increasingly scarce, water resource management and sustainability will be vital to maintaining quality of life and economic development in communities around the world.

  • 1/3 of the world’s population lives in countries with moderate-to-high water stress, which creates limited access to safe drinking water.
  • By 2020, water use is expected to increase by 40 percent.
  • By 2020, 17 percent more water will be required for food production.
  • By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity.

Nevada’s Water Center of Excellence was established to address these issues. With world-renowned experts at the helm, the Water COE is poised to become the leading resource for global and municipal water management and sustainability. Built on advanced computing technology, a shared infrastructure and a common set of resources, the COE leverages the expertise of numerous premier hydrologic science and technology institutions to deliver services in water resource management and big-data analytics.

Nevada’s Water Center of Excellence (COE) is a public-private joint venture formed by GOED in 2013. The Water COE leverages the expertise of the Desert Research Institute (DRI), the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), and IBM. GOED, DETR, and DRI are all financial partners and stakeholders in the Water COE. Nevada’s Water COE will be a global leader in water development research and the commercialization of water development technology.

DRI has campuses in both Las Vegas and Reno, and boasts the largest number of hydrologists of any U.S. academic institutions. It also has complementary expertise in ecology and atmospheric sciences. Faculty at DRI and its sister institutions, UNR and UNLV, are leading the way in water quality assessment, water resource management, water policy advisement and water focused technology.

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