The Internet of Water envisions a nation engaged in equitable and resilient water management and stewardship enabled by shared and integrated water data and information.

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Our Team

IoW Mission

To advance the transformation and modernization of public water data infrastructure in the United States to improve the sharing and integration of water information.

What We Do

Building Data Infrastructure

Enable integrated and shared water data from public agencies (state, local, and tribal governments) and NGOs by providing the essential, missing technology to make an Internet of Water possible.

Empowering Communities

Demonstrate the value of integrated water data through projects and products that address near-term water management problems.

Building a Sustainable Network

Build a network of water data producers, hubs, and users across the nation to advance the uptake of these technologies and take advantage of them to improve water outcomes

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Our Story

The IoW project was established in 2018 at Duke University in response to the 2017, Aspen Institute report:  Internet of Water: Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability  This report shared a bold vision for how to improve water data infrastructure nationwide to fundamentally transform water management. This idea sparked the imaginations of several philanthropic foundations, who seeded the Internet of Water (IoW) project, now managed by a small Duke startup team, working to realize the IoW vision and mission. By 2021, the IoW aims to be a self-sustaining network supported by an independent organization.

A successful internet of water includes you

Successfully modernizing our nation’s water data infrastructure requires all of us: public agencies, utilities, NGOs, and private industry, working together toward this common goal. There are many ways for you to get involved.
How to get involved

Participants in the IoW Network

From membership in our P2P Network to collaborative project partners to membership on our listservs, the IoW seeks to grow our connections.

IoW Hubs

A network of organized water data hubs across the U.S. increases the amount of data being shared by public agencies within and across jurisdictions in accessible and interoperable ways.

States Represented in P2P Network

The IoW P2P Network is a community of practice where members share their successes, challenges, and lessons learned. It is a network of people committed to improved water data management.

Public Agency Water Data Inventories

Public agencies hold large amounts of data. A data inventory is the first step in understanding data fragmentation and identifying areas for improvement.

Terms in Coming To Terms

Coming to Terms is the Internet of Water’s Water Terminology Collection that tracks definitions, synonyms, and homonyms of water-related terms use by public agencies.

Organizations Participating in Geoconnex

Geoconnex is a framework for data providers to allow their data to be easily found alongside relevant data from other organizations.

Locations Represented in Geoconnex

Geconnoex provides persistent identifiers for real-world locations, allowing multiple data providers to unambiguously publish what locations their data is about.

Water Data Platforms

The Internet of Water public agency water data inventories identified more than 500 water data platforms across 9 states and the federal government.

A Letter from the Executive Director

Dear friends,
At the Internet of Water project, we believe in the straightforward idea that finding water data on the internet and using it to make decisions should be as easy as finding a cat video or buying a sofa online.  Addressing that challenge, however, requires not just innovative new data discovery and access tools, but also a coordinated effort across the whole water data community to use common standards and share and exchange water data in common formats. We also need to stay close to the needs of water decision makers and the wider community of water stakeholders to realize the vision of the Internet of Water: equitable and resilient water management outcomes.  
If you’ve made it this far browsing our website, we consider you part of our community.  I invite you to check out the wealth of information and resources we have provided here, and to navigate to our partners websites, to see how we are advancing the community-wide notion of the Internet of Water.  We hope you will join us on the road to modernizing our nation’s water data infrastructure and advance evidence-based decision-making about our planet’s most precious resource.

Peter Colohan

Peter Colohan

Executive Director