A global leader in interdisciplinary water research and education

The Water Institute is an interdisciplinary hub that facilitates innovative research, education, and training. The Institute's activities focus on the sustainable use and management of water resources to support healthy and prosperous communities and ecosystems at the national and international scale.

"Transformational research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries has deep roots at Waterloo. The Water Institute serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing grand challenges confronting the sustainable use and management of water." 

 — George Dixon, Vice-President, University Research, University of Waterloo

  1. Jan. 17, 2017Waterloo speakers to shake up Nature Unleashed Dialogue SeriesJean Andrey

    Kicking off the Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters dialogues on Sunday, the University of Waterloo’s research strengths in climate change, natural disasters and flood mitigation were highlighted by Jean Andrey, dean of the Faculty of Environment, during her opening remarks at the launch event.

  2. Jan. 9, 2017Wastewater treatment upgrades result in major reduction of intersex fishKitchener wastewater treatment plant

    Upgrades to a wastewater treatment plant along Ontario’s Grand River, led to a 70 per cent drop of intersex fish within one year and a full recovery of the fish population within three years, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo.

    Aerial photo of the Kitchener Wastewater Treatment Plant in 2016 (Credit: Region of Waterloo).

  3. Jan. 3, 2017In the media — Water bottling is a sideshow: bigger issues need to be addressedRob de Loe near water

    As Ontario reviews water-taking permit charges for bottled water companies like Nestlé, Water Institute member Rob de Loë urges us to think beyond the bottle.

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  1. Jan. 24, 2017Condition Assessment & Rehab of Asbestos Cement Pipelines

    In the past, asbestos cement pipes have been frequently installed in water distribution systems. These pipes were favoured to replace metallic pipes because of relatively better corrosion resistance properties. However, the longevity and serviceability of deteriorating asbestos cement pipes is a major concern in many jurisdictions.

  2. Jan. 30, 2017Urban Water Supply Re-invention for Dry Cities

    As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Richard Luthy, from Stanford University, California, presents "Urban Water Supply Re-invention for Dry Cities."

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  3. Jan. 31, 2017Using Open-Access GIS to Address Issues in Spatial Hydrological Modelling

    Digital elevation models (DEMs) are a primary data input for many applications in spatial hydrology and geomorphology. DEMs are commonly used to delineate watersheds, to map landforms and soils, to analyze stream networks, and to model variable source areas, surface runoff and flooding, erosion, and contaminant migration. The past decades have been marked by significant improvements in the quality, spatial resolution, and availability of DEM data sources.

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