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. Feb. 24, 2017Three Water Institute members receive over $1.8 million for water-related research projects

    Congratulations to Water Institute members Philippe Van Cappellen, Norman Zhou and Sherry Schiff, three of the five Waterloo researchers to recently receive a combined total of $3 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). 

    The researchers and their water-related projects are:

  2. Feb. 23, 2017Water Institute signs memorandum of understanding with CRAES to advance research in water management CRAES Signing

    Yesterday, Waterloo’s Water Institute and the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The MOU formalizes the commitment to continue collaboration between China’s largest environmental research institute and the Water Institute in water management research, education and training.

  3. Feb. 21, 2017Local solution to a global flooding problemelizabeth english

    Water Institute member and architecture professor, Elizabeth English, is leading a team of Waterloo school of architecture researchers who want to build a floating pavilion in a flood zone of the Grand River.

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  1. Mar. 2, 2017Coastal watersheds in the Anthropocene: Understanding rapid change and implication for people and ecosystems

    Join us for a facilitated panel discussion on coastal watersheds in the Anthropocene. Supported by the OceanCanada Partnership and the Water Institute, this public event is being organized as part of a two-day workshop with the goal to develop and apply a social-ecological system perspective to broaden our understanding of abrupt and rapid changes in coastal watersheds. 

  2. Mar. 16, 2017Floods and Droughts: Eliciting Customer Willingness-to-Pay and Adverse Event Likelihood Priors for Public Utility Pricing and Infrastructure Decisions

    In this seminar, Diane Dupont, a professor in the Department of Economics and member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University, presents a method for obtaining public preferences for improved water and wastewater management.

    Register today.

    Light refreshments will be provided. 

  3. Mar. 22–24, 2017Trinity Institute 2017 Livestream Event on Water Justice logo

    Renison University College will be hosting the annual, international Trinity Institute Conference on March 22-24, 2017. This year's livestream from New York City will focus on Water Justice.

    Trinity Institute is a global conference held in New York City and webcast all over the world. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance surrounding these issues.

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