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 Academic & Provost, University of Waterloo

  1. Sep. 15, 2017An important process fueling harmful algal blooms investigated in Canadian water bodieslake with algae on it

    For many Canadians, summer time means time at the lake, swimming, fishing, boating, and relaxing. Nothing can spoil this experience like blue-green mats of muck, caused by algal blooms. These blooms negatively affect not only recreational activities – but also put drinking water source, property values, wildlife, and human health at risk. In the 1970s, scientists discovered that the nutrient phosphorus caused algal blooms, which led to new regulations and improved sewage treatment. Nevertheless, blooms continue to plague many Canadian lakes.

  2. Sep. 8, 2017The Royal Society of Canada elects David Blowes as new FellowDavid Blowes

    The Water Institute is thrilled to announce that David Blowes, professor in Waterloo’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

  3. Aug. 31, 2017Blair Feltmate talks to Global News about protecting Canadian homes after Hurricane Harvey's aftermathwater institute members in the media

    Water Institute member Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, told Global news that many homeowners in Harvey’s path of destruction do not have flood insurance and when families return home they will be forced to pay out-of-pocket or take on more debt for the necessary repairs.

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  1. Sep. 29, 2017Faculty of Environment Seminar Series: Navigating towards sustainable human-nature relations: Coastal and ocean management revisitedEnvironment Seminar Series: Navigating towards sustainable human-nature relations poster

    As part of the Faculty of Environment's Seminar Series, professor Bernhard Glaeser from the Free University of Berlin will present, "Navigating towards sustainable human-nature relations: Coastal and ocean management revisited." 

    Complimentary lunch will be provided.

  2. Oct. 3, 20172017 Darcy Lecture: Prof. Kamini Singha

    A Tale of Two Porosities: Exploring Why Contaminant Transport Doesn’t Always Behave the Way it Should

    Prof. Kamini SinghaDepartment of Geology and Geological Engineering

  3. Oct. 5, 2017WaterTalk: Storm surge forecasting using data assimilationWater Talk Banner

    As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Arnold Heemink, professor of Applied Mathematics at Delft University of Technology, is presenting "Storm surge forecasting using data assimilation."

    Register today.

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