What is Water Resource Engineering?


Water resource engineering is the field that is primarily responsible for water and tackles the planning, development, and management of water resources. It also covers the estimation of water resource in a region and the water inflow so that new structures can be built.

Water Resource Engineering Sub Disciplines

Water Resource Engineering has been divided into the following;

  • Water and Wastewater treatment plant design
  • Water Distribution, Wastewater and Storm water Sewer Systems
  • Irrigation Engineering
  • River Engineering, Hydraulics, Hydrodynamics, Sediment Transport, Contaminant Transport, River Morphology, Ice-covered rivers
  • Hydraulic Structures (reservoirs, floodways, dams, dykes, spillways & sluice gates, channels, water intakes)
  • Drainage Canals
  • Groundwater and Seepage, well design, seepage control, underground contaminant transport
  • Surface Runoff Analysis
  • Hydrology, winter hydrology, climate change
  • Extreme events: floods, torrents, mudflows, debris flows

Top Water Resource Engineering Universities

The top three ranked universities when it comes to Water Resource Engineering are as follows;

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • University of Cambridge

Water Resource Engineering Associations

There are a myriad of associations pertaining to Water Resource Engineering but we shall list only three:

  • AWWA
  • IAHR
  • EWRI

Being a Water Resource Engineer

Being a water resource engineer will require that you are capable of working in the field and also capable of understanding how water works and what are the forces that it exerts. You will be working in collaboration with other engineers and your communication skills will matter a great deal. You will be focusing on groundwater, surface water and watersheds as well. You will be working to solve problems pertaining to water management and storage.

Water Resource Engineer Salary

A Water Resource engineer’s average annual salary in USA is $61,000.

Top Water Resource Engineering Companies

The top three companies pertaining to Water Resource Engineering are;

  • MWH Global
  • Arup
  • Moffatt & Nichol

Top Water Resource Engineering Products

Check out the three top inventions (as per us) that are a result of Water Resource Engineering.

  • Dams
  • Lined Canals
  • Water Pipeline