To become the premier global knowledge and resource organization for planning, engineering, constructing and operating sustainable and resilient water infrastructure systems.


To bring together the global water industry to improve the performance, sustainability, and resiliency of existing and future water infrastructure systems.

Core Activities

  • Promote a collaborative environment within the water infrastructure community and disseminate critical information to improve performance, sustainability, and resiliency.

  • Create and share water infrastructure data, analytical tools and techniques, best practices, case studies, and synthesis reports.

  • Foster multidisciplinary collaboration among water experts to advance and shape water industry.

  • Articulate priorities for global water infrastructure and promote interactions among diverse water utilities.

  • Develop and deliver the most comprehensive source of water infrastructure asset management information and innovative research available through WATERiD and PIPEiD national databases, conferences, workshops, training courses, publications, reports, and online certification programs.

  • Pioneer outreach programs that are renowned for addressing local, state, national, and international water infrastructure asset management challenges.

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The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management (SWIM) Center at Virginia Tech offers an educational program in Water Infrastructure Asset Management titled SWIMeD. The aim of the SWIMeD program is to broaden and deepen the body of knowledge for practicing drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater professionals.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) through the Aging Water Infrastructure (AWI) research program efforts and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), have teamed up to find the WATER Infrastructure DATABASE (WATERiD). WATERiD will help the nation address the challenges associated with the aging and deteriorating wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. WATERiD is unique in that it allows water utilities to share their “lessons learned” and thus avoid repeating mistakes. The national database will ensure a single point information center for utilities to find relevant information that will aid in decision-making for the selection of appropriate condition assessment and renewal engineering technologies.

Aging Infrastructure has been identified as a national need in recent years. “Having an expansive knowledge database for condition assessment and renewal technologies that can assist drinking water and wastewater entities to more effectively put comprehensive asset management into practice, and meet their Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act requirements, fits well with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) long-standing research investment into managing our nation’s water infrastructure systems.” stated Thomas F. Speth, Ph.D., P.E., Director, Water Supply and Water Resources Division, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, U.S. EPA Office of Research Development.

WATERiD is the national knowledge database from which water utilities and the rest of the water industry can gain access to information pertaining to the application of Condition Assessment, Renewal Engineering, and Management practices. Resources to assist with product qualification, cost information, and utility benchmarking are also being aggregated. Considerations regarding the use of such technologies to achieve resiliency and sustainability are being covered. The role of such technologies in achieving asset management goals and achieving the water infrastructure needs for people at the environment are explored. WATERiD is routinely leveraged by water utilities in their efforts to qualify products and services.

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PIPELINE infrastructure DATABASE (PIPEiD) is envisioned to be “a living database platform for advanced asset management” addressing all three major management levels including strategic, tactical, and operational that will assist drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities of all sizes to sustain targeted level of service.

Purpose of the PIPEiD Project?

PIPEiD will assist water utilities in a more effective management of water pipeline infrastructure systems for performance, resiliency, and sustainability. PIPEiD will provide the secured, robust, and centralized web-based database platform to address all three major infrastructure asset management levels: strategic, tactical, and operational, and for water utilities of all sizes (small, medium, and large) across the country

Unique value of the PIPEiD Project?

No single data, modeling, or analysis system will meet every need for every user, but there is scientific basis and strength in pursuing complementary efforts while evolving to a more integrated, centralized platform of capabilities where the whole is more than the sum of the parts and new, transformative capabilities will emerge that will help water utilities to sustain targeted level of service with acceptable risk and lowers life-cycle cost for water pipeline infrastructure systems.

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