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Institute for Water Research


Incorporating the Unilever Centre for Environmental Water Quality (UCEWQ)

Grahamstown - South Africa

 EWQ Honours Course materials

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The objectives of the IWR are to contribute to the knowledge of and promote the understanding and wise use of natural water resources in southern Africa.

These objectives are achieved in a number of ways:

You can read our latest Annual Report
You can read our brief IWR Brochure

For information on Grahamstown and South African  water resources and what you can do, please see the RU Environment page.


IWR participates in Trading Live 2018

Wednesday 18th July is a celebratory day in South Africa – it’s the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday. At Rhodes University that means getting involved and volunteering to do something ordinary, out of the ordinary or just participate in an event for 67 minutes.

Top dogs support of the Makana Water Forum: Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation’ visit to Makana Local Municipality

A high-level delegation from the Department of Water and Sanitation including among others the Deputy Minister Ms Pam Tshwete, Ms Portia Makhanya Chief Director Eastern Cape as well as the Provincial Chairperson of The Portfolio Committee On Water and Sanitation held a stakeholder meeting at the City Hall in Grahamstown/Makanda on the 24th of July 2018.

National Indaba on Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security talks 21-31 May 2018

Our PhD student, Notiswa Libala presented at the National Indaba on Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

Training on writing and publishing an article, 16-20 July 2018, Cape Town

One of our PhD candidate is participating in the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC) programme.