The Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF) is an independent, not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 foundation that was established in 1984 by several members of the bottled water and point of use drinking water filtration industries:

  • To conduct research and disseminate information regarding the sources, evaluation and production of safe and affordable drinking water, including bottled water, tap water and filtered water, and the associated health benefits related thereto.
  • To evaluate alternative techniques for production and delivery of drinking water under emergency conditions.
  • To educate the public and provide information regarding effective means for complying with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (including the provisions of the Food Safety and Modernization Act), the Safe Drinking Water Act, and related state and international laws and regulations.
  • To provide education to the public regarding drinking water quality, production and delivery.

DWRF remains dedicated to the continuous development of scientific research in areas of interest to consumers and the drinking water industry, including bottled water, tap water and filtered water. Co-located with and partially supported by the International Bottled Water Association in Alexandria, VA, the Foundation strongly supports tap water infrastructure and quality improvements: measures that may directly impact manufacturing process waters as well as the finished product quality of some utility-sourced bottled waters.

Scientific results obtained through DWRF-sponsored research projects are recognized nationally and internationally as important reference tools by which to make better informed policy decisions regarding drinking water. These sponsored projects and other scientific works, articles, and related news items are cited in this DWRF website to promote a better understanding of The Facts about Water.


2023 DWRF Board of Trustees

Jack C. West, Chairman
SafeWater Device, LLC

Louis F. Vittorio, Jr.
Primo Water North America

Andrew Eaton, Ph.D. Secretary/Treasurer
Eaton Environmental Water Quality Consulting, LLC

Lawrence E. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Hydration & Nutrition, LLC

Valerie Bradley
Blue Triton Brands

Cheryl Dreyer
Kerry Group

Cynthia Herold (2025)
Primo Water North America

Henry R. Hidell III
Hidell International

Kim Jeffery
Honorary DWRF Trustee

Annick Moreau
Danone Waters Worldwide

Eugene W. Rice, Ph.D

Robert J. Scheuplein, Ph.D.

Ryan Schwaner
Niagara Bottling, LLC

Bill Young
Absopure Water Company, Inc.

DWRF Counsel:
Maile Gradison
Hogan Lovells