Texas Tech University has long recognized the importance of water resources for sustaining economic growth and sensitive ecosystems of Southern High Plains. The Water Resources Center (WRC) was established by the Board of Regents in 1965 to conduct research and coordinate water related activities on campus. The center has a 50 year history of conducting basic and applied research activities that are not only relevant to the Southern High Plains region but also of national and international significance.
Faculty affiliated with the center have a wide ranging expertise in both water availability and water quality issues in surface water, groundwater, soil and contaminated sediments. Recent research activities are focused on emerging areas of food-energy-water nexus, water reuse in hydraulic fracturing, emerging contaminants and environmental applications of nano-materials. Research projects carried out by the center are funded by federal, state and local entities including the NSF, SERDP, NASA and private industry.
The Water Resources Center strives to be a nationally recognized leader in the areas of water and environmental sustainability by developing and promoting innovative water augmentation, conservation and protection practices.
The center promotes active collaborations and works closely with other departments and water related entities on campus. In particular, close working relationships exist with TTU South Central Climate Science Center, CASNR Water Center, the Center for Communications Research, the Llano River Field Station and The Institute of Environmental and Human Health.