Waterloo researchers are finding ways to protect and create cleaner, healthier water and water systems. More than 125 faculty and 400 students are part of the Water Institute, one of the top 10 water research institutes in the world. Among them are Jonathan Price, an expert in hydrology working to turn mined oilsands land back into peatbogs, and Canada Excellence Research Chair Philippe VanCappellen, who studies watershed dynamics to help ensure water resources are managed in an ecologically-sound manner. 

Water pump being used by women in Bangladesh

Student aid project inspires new grads to launch Engineers for Hope


Instead of starting well-paid jobs, the grads are building a non-profit organization that will bring clean water and sanitation to developing communities

Foggy desert

Extracting drinkable water from air in developing countries


Student design team Air2O is one of six teams to win $10K at the Norman Esch Capstone Design Awards competition

Waterloo engineers and Ugandan Community Health Agents

Alumni work with Ugandans to increase access to safe drinking water


Waterloo graduates are helping to bring low-cost, environmentally friendly water filters to communities in Africa

Waterloo Architecture student

Celebrating 60 years of innovation


From 74 engineering students in 1957 to 198,000 alumni six decades later

Ripples spreading in water

Beyond Innovation: Waterloo’s 2016-17 State of the University Report


At the University of Waterloo, beyond is where we begin

Waterloo professor David Cory

Research with "potential to change the world"


"You can't imagine how powerful a quantum computer is going to be. We want to build one and show you," says Waterloo researcher

River with green trees

Who should pay for services that watersheds provide?


Paying for watershed services could help preserve water ecoystems around the world, says Water Institute executive director

Professor John Cherry working in the field

Waterloo groundwater expert receives prestigious water prize


The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize draws attention to the importance of groundwater in the global water crisis, says Waterloo professor

Trees burning in a wildfire

Is Fort McMurray’s water supply contaminated by the wildfire?


Wildfire and water supply is a significant global problem that will intensify with climate change, says Waterloo expert

Students working in lab

Waterloo biologist and First Nation examine mercury in fish


Kluane First Nation youth, using the latest sampling and analysis techniques in a Waterloo lab, are finding very low levels of mercury in fish