About OWF


Open data. Open software. Open Decisions…with positive social impact.

The Open Water Foundation (OWF) is a nonprofit social enterprise that is working to provide an open source software platform to help organizations make better decisions about water. With increasing population, demand for water is increasing, resulting in negative impacts. In particular, water issues in the Western United States and other arid regions increasingly will influence decisions about the economy, environment, and society.  OWF was formed to apply an open source software business model to water resource software, so that organizations have well-maintained tools to address important water problems. Every organization wants to base decisions on data and science yet it is cost prohibitive for any one organization to develop the needed software tools. Government funding and research has produced useful software, but with budget and staffing issues, we cannot rely on government agencies or short-term investment to develop and maintain software tools. Instead, OWF is leading the effort to collaboratively develop, enhance, and maintain open source water resource software tools, to the benefit of government, universities, consultants, nonprofits, and the public.


OWF Core Values

To help organizations make better decisions about wicked water problems, the Open Water Foundation (OWF) was formed as a nonprofit social enterprise embracing a set of core values to guide our work.  Our values include collaboration, transparency, neutrality, efficiency, agility, cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and innovation.


OWF Initiatives

OWF Initiatives are the high-level focus areas for the work we do.  Common threads are water, open source software, improved data access and transparency, and education.  We collaborate with our funding partners to make progress on our initiatives and support the goals of funding organizations.


OWF Staff

OWF’s staff bring a broad range of skills to the organization with experiences drawn from private and nonprofit disciplines, technologies, water resources, and public service.  See the News/Events page for highlights about OWF staff activities.


OWF Board of Directors

OWF is governed by a Board of Directors with the CTO and CEO serving as ex-officio members.  The Board of Directors help guide OWF’s strategy and planning processes and represent a wide range of experiences from private industry, water education, agriculture, technology, environment, and municipal water use.


OWF Affiliations

OWF aligns itself with other organizations in order to better understand water issues and collaborate on opportunities in order to have positive impact.


Contact OWF

Please visit Contact OWF for directions to our office and general information.  See the OWF Staff page for staff contact information.  If you are a job-seeker, please visit OWF Careers.

Our main number is 970-286-7439.