Water research conducted at EPA provides the science and tools necessary to develop sustainable solutions to 21st century water resource problems, ensuring water quality and availability in order to protect human and ecosystem health.
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Water and Climate
Research examines the impacts of global climate change on water availability, quality, and flow patterns.
Water and Energy
Research investigates water resources that are pressured by increasing demands for energy and mineral resources.
Researchers work to sustain and restore natural water resources by viewing them as complex watershed systems.
Sustainable Water Infrastructure
Research addresses the difficult tasks of operating, maintaining and renewing the pipes and facilities that treat our water and move it from place to place.
Chemical and Microbial Risk
Research focuses on water contaminants to promote safe recreational waters, maintain healthy water resources, and prepare for potential terrorist threats.
Health and Water
Waterborne illnesses continue to threaten the health of the American public from sewer overflows and waterborne pathogens.
Saliva-Based Exposure Assays for Detecting Exposure to Waterborne Pathogens
Detecting Waterborne Enteroviruses and Noroviruses
Relative Risk of Pharmaceuticals in Waste Water
Science Matters: A Major Step Towards Cleaner Water and Soil
Methods, Models, Tools, and Databases
Researchers provide sophisticated models and tools that are widely used to manage and protect water resources across the Nation.
Grants and Funding for Water Research
EPA provides grants and funding to the Nation’s leading researchers in academia and small businesses to improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues.
Other Research Topics
Top Three Questions/Tasks
Narragansett Bay Sustainability Pilot, Phase I Report (PDF) (26 pp, 1.4MB)
Narragansett Bay Sustainability Pilot, Appendices (PDF) (27 pp, 1.2MB)
Climate Ready Estuaries 2011 Progress Report (PDF) (40 pp, 634KB)
- Clean Water Act Summary
- Water Quality Criteria
- Drinking Water Contaminants
- Drinking Water Standards and Health Advisory Tables
- Water & Energy Efficiency
- Green Infrastructure
- Climate Ready Estuaries
- Estuaries and Coastal Watersheds
- Climate Change and Water
- Coastal Zones and Sea Level Rise
- US Global Change Research Program