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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:

  • Research into the structure, function and components of natural water systems
  • Contract projects aimed at solving specific water-related problems
  • Teaching at all levels within Rhodes University
  • Dissemination of information by written articles and public lectures
  • Service on research and management committees outside Rhodes University
  • Capacity building and community education for the water sector (How To Handbooks)

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.


Water does not come from a Tap

Most of us access water via our taps and, until there’s a crisis, don’t give much thought to where it actually comes from. For those of us living in cities our water is often ‘imported’ from water source areas and dams far away: Theewaterskloof is 100km away from Cape Town. This week's water file, the last in the series, speaks to the theme of Nature for Water on World Water Day (22 March). We look at how important it is to safeguard a healthy natural environment in our catchments and who is doing what to look after these critical areas.

Introduction to GIS Course for Disaster Management Students at Stenden South Africa.

Courses on using free GIS platforms for Disaster Management for Stenden South Africa by Dr Sukhmani Mantel.

International Innovation article.

The 125th issue of International Innovation contains an interview with Professors Denis Hughes and Tally Palmer entitled Water Resources Sustainability.

Rhodes University Environmental Award

Matthew Weaver, a PhD candidate at the Institute for Water Research was awarded the Rhodes University Environmental Award in the individual category.