NWRI was established in 1991 to address water supply and quality issues facing our nation through cooperative research. We are a California Joint Powers Agency (JPA) and 501c3 nonprofit corporation based in Fountain Valley, California. In conjunction with our JPA partners, we promote the protection, maintenance, and restoration of drinking water supplies as well as freshwater and marine environments.


Our mission is to be the nation's collaborative resource for the advancement of water resources science, policy, and innovation.


Integrity. We act ethically and deliver on our promises.

Collaboration. We leverage the knowledge and experience of our experts.

Trusted. Our character and ability can be relied upon.

Responsible. We meet our commitments.

Accountable. We stand behind our work products.

Professional. We make choices based on the highest professional standards.

Responsive. We work diligently to meet our partners' expectations.

Innovative. We embrace original, creative thinking.

Independent Auditor's Report

View our audited financial statement for the year ending June 30, 2019.

View our audited financial statement for the year ending June 30, 2020.

National Water Research Institute

18700 Ward St., Fountain Valley, CA  92708 • email us

We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works to ensure safe, reliable sources of water now and for future generations.