About Us

The Centre for Water Sciences and Management is built on the pillars of research, education and social responsibility. It consists of a core skills base interacting with related NWU research initiatives. This multi-disciplinary approach is adopted to assist both industry and government in addressing many of the water related problems facing South Africa.

Research and training are conducted in the following fields to ensure expert knowledge for the development and management of water resources:

  • Development and management of water-related infrastructure
  • Water governance and planning related to water resources
  • Impacts of water on economic production and growth
  • Holistic approach to quantifying water resources
  • Impacts of water on people and the environment


The Centre for Water Sciences and Management also does contract research. On-going research include:


  • Decanting, Dewatering, Flooding
  • Inter-mine Flow, Water Balances
  • Impact of Tailings Facilities
  • Remediation Options
  • Acid Mine Drainage


  • Surface-Groundwater Interaction
  • Impacts of Climate Change
  • Reserve Determinations
  • Contamination Studies
  • Risk Assessments


  • Rainfall Runoff Models
  • Flood Hydrology


  • Geohydrological Software
  • GIS Enabled Applications
  • Modelling Applications
  • 2D, 3D Visualization


  • Hydrochemistry
  • Flood Hydrology
  • Applied Hydrology
  • Surface Water Modelling
  • Aquifer Hydraulics
  • Groundwater Geology
  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Groundwater Modelling
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Data Processing

Laboratory Services

  • Eco-Analytica is equipped with modern facilities and operated by well trained staff. Analyses are frequently subjected to quality control schemes from Wageningen and Agrilasa. The laboratory offers a wide spectrum analyses for water, soil, sediments and plants
  • XRF/XRD Analysis
  • Gas Spectrometry
  • Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons

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+27 (18) 299-1111 / 2222