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Institute for Water Research


Incorporating the Unilever Centre for Environmental Water Quality (UCEWQ)

Grahamstown - South Africa

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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.


IWR Welcomes another Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Institute for Water Research (IWR) welcomes another postdoctoral research fellow in the name of Gloria Ifeoma Ezenne.

IWR Welcomes New Postdoctoral Fellow

Chika F. Nnadozie joins us at IWR as one of our newest postdoctoral fellows holding the Rhodes fellowship.

Highlights: 2018 Institute for Water Research (IWR) Graduates

On behalf of all the staff and students of IWR, we would like to send a hearty congratulations to our newly MSc. and PhD graduates. The staff and members of IWR congratulate their five MSc graduates (Ms NS Mgaba, Ms T Keighley, Mr G Thompson, Ms N Oosthuizen, and Ms V Mvandaba) for their accomplishment, having worked tremendously hard.

Experiment on rehabilitation of grasslands after clearing of invasive aliens

Rehabilitation of an area invaded by aliens by Dr Sukhmani Mantel and Dr Anthony Palmer