The internationally acknowledged University of Pretoria Water Institute (UPWI) focuses on water research, education and capacity building to support South Africa's national water strategy and to help meet the water challenges facing this country and the African continent in a successful and sustainable manner. The multidisciplinary Institute draws on the expertise of six faculties, including engineering, natural and agricultural sciences, law, human and health sciences and veterinary science. It operates under the auspices of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and provides innovative approaches and solutions for the water sector.
UPWI's research focus is aligned with the South African government's target to supply water to every citizen by 2007 and provide sanitation for all by 2010, as well as with the UN's millennium development goals.
The research and services of UPWI can be accessed via Business Enterprises at the University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd (BE at UP).
UPWI'S RESEARCH THEMES
- Water and health: waterborne bacteria, waterborne viruses and endocrine disruptor chemicals
- Water treatment and supply systems: water purification, wastewater treatment and water distribution
- Water, agriculture and biodiversity: irrigation, extension and rural development, groundwater and livestock, and conservation of aquatic species
- Water flow in the environment: weather prediction, modelling river systems and Geohydrology
- Water related decision-making, policy and governance: environmental, economic and social linkages, policy and legislation' and capacity building and dispute resolution