The Water Science and Engineering Laboratory (WSEL), located within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is a multidisciplinary facility devoted to research and graduate training. WSEL is administered by the College of Engineering (COE) in collaboration with other campus colleges. Researchers affiliated with COE, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), and the College of Letters and Science (LS) conduct research in WSEL. Collaborative projects frequently bring scientists and engineers from the WI DNR, the US Geological Survey, the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, industry, and other universities to WSEL. Read about our history HERE.

WSEL provides cutting-edge water research analyses at a low cost. Home to state-of-the-art instrumentation for inorganic and organic water analyses, our capabilities range from part per trillion organic and inorganic analysis to in-situ water parameter characterization. WSEL is the top choice for numerous UW-Madison Departments and local businesses and has also assisted with analyses for other universities and federal agencies.