The FREEWAT platform is a free and open source QGIS integrated platform for groundwater management. It integrates tools for time series processing and water quality data management, as well as a number of well documented and tested simulation codes, mostly from USGS MODFLOW family. FREEWAT is the result of the H2020 FREEWAT project ending sept 30th 2017 ( During the project, aside from the sw platform, more than ten well-documented tutorials, datasets and manuals were produced.
System complete and qualified.
Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.
We believe FREEWAT is at TRL 8 for the following reasons: i) it is the result of almost ten years of research on the integration of water management tools in GIS environment; ii) it has been successfully tested on a total of 14 case studies within the FREEWAT project (plus two outside the project); iii) it has been positively evaluated by companies and authorities during training activities (in which more than 1000 individuals were trained) as enhanced experience for water management compared to “similar” ICT tools.

How does it work?

FREEWAT aims at serving as pre- and post-processor for processing of hydrological time-series to maximize sensor gathered information (baseflow extraction, resampling, etc.), water quality data, solving groundwater flow, contaminant transport in saturated and unsaturated condition, calibration of numerical models, optimization of water supply systems, management of water for agricultural purposes. FREEWAT helps in building shared awareness on the value of water. It may be used by public authorities for the implementation of river basin management plans using the participatory approach (as done in 14 case studies in the project) – or by companies for providing readily usable models on contaminated sites to agencies, instead of only reports.