The water industry has become a global community with common issues and concerns arising around the world. Global coordination of research must occur to improve the knowledge and science supporting the invaluable water resources of the world.Through collaboration, GWRC member organisations will be able to leverage funding and expertise. An actively managed, centralised approach to global issues will avoid duplication of efforts. It will allow member organisations to coordinate research strategies and secure additional funding not available to a single country research foundation.
The GWRC will serve as a clearinghouse for dissemination of international water quality research. In this way, GWRC will provide sound scientific and technical information to regulators and policy makers, serving as a forum for international regulatory proposals. With and through its members, GWRC will help advance the understanding of consumers, regulators and policy makers on critical issues.
Research conducted through member organisations will build on and compliment their ongoing activities. GWRC projects will not compete with the existing work of member organisations; each will continue focus on national and regional water research issues and advancements in the science of water.
The GWRC research agenda is regularly updated based on the actual needs of the members and their stakeholders. The GWRC members interested in each topical area collectively develop the specific research strategies and accompanying portfolio of research projects to address the identified information gaps. An inventory of past and present research and a research-planning workshop are part of this process. Individual members of GWRC perform management of the joint research projects.