In 1985, WRRI, in cooperation with several of North Carolina's larger municipalities and water utilities, established the Urban Water Consortium to provide a program of research and development, and technology transfer on water resource issues shared by urban areas across the state. Through this partnership, WRRI and the State of North Carolina help individual facilities and regions solve problems related to local environmental or regulatory circumstances.
The UWC is administered by the WRRI. Individual member utilities support the overall Consortium through annual dues and enhancement funds which are used to support research and technology transfer. Members guide the program through representation on an advisory board, provide input on priority research topics used in developing calls for proposals, and provide reviews of submitted research proposals. The UWC meets quarterly in different locations around the state.