About Water University

Today, the water and wastewater industry is more complex than ever. Economics, increasingly complex regulations and a changing society are shaping the water and wastewater industry. As the industry changes, there is a strong need to recognize individuals who provide leadership and create a standard for the future. The industry also needs new ways to educated, train and empower industry professionals to meet new challenges and achieve higher standards.

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Water University

Water University was founded to meet the training and certification needs of the water industry. Leveraging the power of on-line technology and the vast knowledge of Rural Water, Water U provides affordable, high quality certification and training, on-demand, to water professionals across the world.


Water University’s Utility Management Certification is the first certification to recognize an individual’s knowledge and ability in management of a water or wastewater utility. The UMC has become a standard for recognizing management expertise and advancement potential.

Utility employees have used the UMC as a way to advance from field work into management. The certification has also become an important tool for water professionals seeking promotions and raises, since the certification recognizes experiences and accomplishments that may not be obvious to non-water professionals serving on boards and councils.


Water University offers regular webinars on the latest water topics. Water U prides itself on providing high-quality educational presentations on topics relevant to water and wastewater industry. Webinars cover subjects ranging from technical operations and regulations to utility management and environmental protection. Water U webinars are presented free of charge for the benefit of the water industry. Water University does charge a small fee for students seeking continuing education credit. Recordings of all webinars are available to members of the WaterPro Community.