A global leader in interdisciplinary water research and education

The Water Institute facilitates collaboration, supports excellence and promotes innovation in interdisciplinary water research and education. Today, more than 150 faculty members from all six University of Waterloo faculties and 19 departments are members of the Water Institute.

"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. June 20, 2017Interview with Larry Swatuk, author of Water in Southern Africawater in south africa

    Water Institute member and professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, Larry Swatuk, is the author of a new book titled “Water in Southern Africa.” 

    Larry lived for 14 years in Africa, primarily in Botswana, where he was a lecturer at the University of Botswana and associate professor of Resource Governance at the Okavango Research Institute. He has published extensively on issues pertaining to the ‘wise use’ of the resources of the Okavango River basin.

  2. June 16, 2017As the floods come, who should pay the price for preparation?

    While a lot of noise is made about preventing floods by banning construction and rebuilding in flood zones, many existing neighbourhoods need protection and not relocation.

  3. June 8, 2017Water Institute members lead impactful projects on climate change

    Climate change is significantly impacting Canada’s water resources. From melting permafrost, to more pervasive algal blooms, to increased flooding, these impacts are only expected to increase in the future. Three professors from the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute have been awarded significant grants to develop new, innovative technologies and to deliver new management approaches to enhance the resilience and adaptive capacity of Canada’s water resources in the face of climate change.

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  1. June 25 to 28, 2017 International Conference on Amphibious Architecture, Design and Engineering 2017 (ICAADE)

    The second International Conference on Amphibious Architecture, Design and Engineering 2017 (ICAADE) will unite academics, practitioners, professionals and policymakers from in the exchange of knowledge on amphibious flood mitigation strategies, inviting collaboration among researchers, business, institutions and governments around the world. Flood mitigation and climate change adaptation will require the development of new housing types and retrofit strategies in order to maintain community integrity in populated regions where flooding is expected to increase.

  2. June 26 to 29, 2017Horizontal direction drilling design to construction at Fleming College: Registration now open

    Registration is now open for Horizontal Direction Drilling: Design to Construction.

  3. June 28, 2017Detailed monitoring of microplastic particles in an urban water course facilitated by a novel, powerful detection method

    In this Water Institute seminar, professor Sascha Oswald from the University of  Potsdam's Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences presents, "Detailed monitoring of microplastic particles in an urban water course facilitated by a novel, powerful detection method - an approach for identifying dynamic inputs of microplastics."

    Coffee and refreshments will be provided. 

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