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Welcome to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Water Resources Research Center

At WRRC we concentrate on addressing the unique water and wastewater management problems and issues that we in the Pacific face. WRRC serves the state of Hawaii as well as other Pacific islands and elsewhere by researching water-related issues distinctive to these areas. We are Hawaii's link in a network represented in every state as well as Washington, D.C. and three U.S. territories. The centers are organized as the National Institutes for Water Resources. Funding comes from University appropriations, from a small federal program administered by the US Geological Survey and in largest part from external grants and contracts.

Our Focus is to:

  • Serve as the Water Research Center in Hawaii and in this capacity to coordinate and conduct research to identify, characterize, and quantify water-related problems in the state of Hawaii.

  • Assist Pacific Island and Asian governments facing water problems similar to those we face in Hawaii by making our expertise available to them.

  • Facilitate access to interdisciplinary expertise within the university to enhance understanding of environmental problems and to identify effective solutions.

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Recent Research

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Water Resources Research Center
Holmes Hall 283, 2540 Dole St.
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: 808-956-7847
Email: wrrc@hawaii.edu
Fax: 808-956-5044

News and Events

2016 NIWR Competetive Grant RFP


Wrapup of the Second Conference on Water Resource Sustainability Issues on Tropical Islands, Dec. 1-3, 2015


2016 USGS Water Resources Research Institute Program Grants


WRRC Hosted a Portable Multi-use Automated Concentration System (PMACS) Training Workshop from June 1 -5, 2015 (external link to WRRC blog)


An Overview of Research at WRRC (1964-2013)


Full PDFs of WRRC Publications Available Online!
Other News and Events


Wastewater Operator Training

Statewide Wastewater Operator Training Center - Information, Course Listings, & Registration



Water News