Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Roy Brouwer receives Arts Award for Excellence in Research

Arts award

Established in 2012 by Dean Doug Peers, the Arts Awards for Service, Teaching and Research recognize exceptional contributions made by faculty, staff and students in the Faculty of Arts. This year, the executive director of the Water Institute and professor in Economics, Roy Brouwer, was awarded the Arts Award for Excellence in Research.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Researchers' work will help the pipeline industry limit the destructive power of bubbles

Researchers have answered key questions to help prevent damage and improve the safety of hydraulic systems used for pipelines, water turbines and other applications.

The work, led by engineers at the University of Waterloo, investigates a phenomenon known as cavitation, or the formation and collapse of destructive gas-filled bubbles resulting from rapid pressure changes in liquids.

Cavitation is behind a well-known party trick that involves shattering the bottom of a liquid-filled bottle by striking its open top with the palm of your hand.

Monday, April 12, 2021

The origin of water on planets in our universe

Galaxy

Professor Michel Fich helps paint the most complete picture ever of how water ends up on newly forming planets

Water is essential for life as we know it – water makes up around 70% of the human body, covers about 70% of the planet Earth, has been found in the far reaches of our universe, and is at the centre of our search for habitable planets around other stars.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Merrin Macrae proposes use of adaptive, cost‐effective conservation practices in watershed planning

Merrin Macrae walking

Agricultural phosphorus losses contributing to eutrophication of surface water is a global concern. The re-eutrophication of Lake Erie over recent decades has emerged as a cautionary lesson in long-term watershed management. Despite controls on phosphorus discharges from point sources, particularly agriculture, and the application of conservation practices on farm fields, harmful and nuisance algal blooms are again common in Lake Erie and affect tourism, recreation, commercial fisheries and property owners in communities in USA and Canada alike.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Professor Mark Servos receives grant to track anti-depressants in wild fish

Mark Servos in the water with student catching fish

On Monday, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced funding for almost $3M to study the effects of contaminants on aquatic ecosystems across Canada.

Monday, March 29, 2021

SWIGS encourages youth to think about water issues through art

water and you poster

In February 2021, Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section invited students in grades 4-7 in the Kitchener-Waterloo area to participate in an art contest called, Water and You. The goal of the contest was to provide students with an opportunity to learn about water-related issues while expressing their creativity by creating original artwork that directly relates to a current water issue here in Canada or globally. This year's theme was WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).

Monday, March 29, 2021

Leak-detection startup wins Concept $5K challenge

AquaSensing technology

Four Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Masters students are the latest winners of UWaterloo's Concept $5K challenge.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Truth, courage, and solutions from 2021 World Water Day speakers

On Monday, March 22, the Water Institute, together with its graduate students association (SWIGS) hosted its annual World Water Day Celebration.

In the morning session, Sondus Jamal, co-chair of SWIGS, hosted an interactive workshop exploring our relationship with water.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Mark Servos awarded over $1 million for testing COVID-19 in wastewater

Mark Servos

Since the early days of the pandemic, Water Institute member Professor Mark Servos and his team have been applying their knowledge of measuring water contamination to help public health officials understand the movement of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – within municipal wastewater.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Water ethic

Kelsey Leonard

Recognizing the inherent rights of water for global sustainability  

Dr. Kelsey Leonard believes that to protect water for future generations we need to recognize its inherent rights to exist, flourish and naturally evolve. A global movement has emerged in recent years known as Rights of Nature or Earth Law whereby governments are legally recognizing the personhood of natural entities such as rivers and mountains.

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