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Breaking boundaries in water research

The Water Institute facilitates collaboration, supports excellence and promotes innovation in interdisciplinary water research and education. Today, more than 150 faculty members from all 6 University of Waterloo faculties and 23 departments are members of the Water Institute.

“Water, and all of its complexities and global challenges, remains an issue close to the University of Waterloo. With its truly interdisciplinary approach, the Water Institute is at the forefront in tackling these challenges.”  —Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo​

  1. Aug. 20, 2018Long-term effects of forest fires pose threats to drinking waterMonica Emelko

    Forest fires are sweeping North America with detrimental environmental, economic and human impacts. A research team, led by University of Waterloo Engineering professor Monica Emelko, will receive $5.5 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grant for Networks to provide new knowledge on the impacts of different forest management strategies on drinking water source quality and treatability.

  2. Aug. 16, 2018Student startup wants to bring clean water to those who need it mostcatalight

    According to the World Health Organization, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water. Without safe drinking water, people are at risk of contracting water-borne diseases, which are responsible for more than 3.4 million deaths each year.

  3. Aug. 10, 2018Water projects receive more than $7.5 million in federal fundingview from under water

    Five Water Institute members are among the 10 campus-wide to receive funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks and Projects to further their transformative water research.

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  1. Sep. 24, 2018Water Institute Research Conference 2018Water Institute Water Research Conference

  2. Sep. 24, 20182018 RBC Distinguished Lecture

    The Future of Water: Innovation, Resource Recovery, and the Blue Economy

    Mark van Loosdrecht

    2018 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate

    Professor, Biotechnology, TU Delft, The Netherlands

  3. June 14 to 19, 2019The 8th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment ResearchHohai University logo

    The 8th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research (ICWRER 2019) will take place at Hohai University in Nanjing, China, from June 14th to 18th, 2019. Hohai University, one of China’s leading universities in water and the environment, is located in beautiful Nanjing, one of China’s ancient walled capital cities, situated along the mighty Yangtze River.

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