The WRC was established in terms of the Water Research Act (Act No 34 of 1971), following a period of serious water shortage. It was deemed to be of national importance to generate new knowledge and to promote the country’s water research purposefully, owing to the view held that water would be one of South Africa’s most limiting factors in the 21st century
The strategic direction of the WRC is focused on:
- An integrated approach to meeting South Africa's societal and water-sector R&D needs
- Provision of integrated solutions to invariably complex, inter-disciplinary problems
- Ongoing strategic identification of needs (short, medium and long-term needs, both explicit and implicit)
- Investment in knowledge creation, transfer and dissemination in a set of 5 Key Strategic Areas (KSAs).
South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP) – Reinvented Toilet Technology Demonstration and Roadmap to Commercialization
Testing the latest in cutting-edge sanitation solutions in order to assess and evaluate for feasibility of widespread use and commercialization in rural and peri-urban areas.
Duration: 2014 - 2018
Testing the latest in cutting-edge sanitation solutions in order to assess and evaluate for feasibility of widespread use and commercialization. (BMGF-DST Partnership, focusing on BMGF grants previously funded under the RTTC scheme)
WRC does not carry out research itself but administers research funds at a national level. WRC provides the country with applied knowledge and water-related innovation, by continuously translating needs into research ideas and, in turn, transferring research results and disseminating knowledge and […]
Sanitation Research Fund of BMGF/WRC (SRFA): Knowledge-based Solutions for Onsite Dry Sanitation Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa
Characterisation of pit contents and developing innovative techniques for pit desludging and subsequent sludge management in low income urban areas.
Duration: 2012 - 2016
Understanding and addressing the exposure of workers, the public and the environment to pathogens during pit emptying
Water Research Commission Project 2134
On-site sanitation is a desirable option in many contexts and various on-site technologies have been rolled out in South Africa, as well as other countries, as a basic standard of adequate sanitation. Most on-site sanitation
systems accumulate sludge in a collection chamber which […]