Making water management a priority

Posted on April 04, 2018

In recent years, both the Western and Southern regions of Africa have suffered widespread droughts.

The devastation caused by droughts and water shortages necessitates the more effective management of South Africa’s water sources. Around the world, as in South Africa, the quality of the water obtained from natural sources is also in a state of decline due to nutrient inputs resulting from municipal, industrial and agricultural activities.

In South Africa, our growing economy and increasing industrialisation demands an increased focus on the protection and preservation of the environment. New efforts to reverse the effects of the addition of artificial or natural nutrients to water bodies require innovative evaluation and interventions for the radical treatment of water sources.

Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) presents several water-management training programmes and short courses for water engineers and environmental scientists and practitioners. These courses are designed to provide a theoretical background in the fields of water quality management, water and wastewater treatment design, operation and optimisation, environmental technology and the mastery of the current regulatory framework.

At the University of Pretoria, broader open-ended problems are investigated at the master’s and doctoral levels to equip our graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to provide leadership, and the insight required to be able to solve emerging environmental problems.

The following training programmes and short courses are presented via Enterprises UP to enhance the skills of professionals operating in specific fields:

The courses are presented by specialists such as Prof Evans Chirwa, Professor and incumbent of the Sedibeng Water Chair in Water Utilisation Engineering, and Dr Deon Brink, Senior Lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Water Utilisation and Environmental Engineering Division.

The Water Utilisation and Environmental Engineering Division at the University of Pretoria was established in the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1969 with a view to promoting excellence in education, training and research. The specific aim of the division was to provide human capacity for industry and the public sector, and raise awareness about the finite nature of the environment’s assimilative capacity.

Visit the following links for more information on our water-related short courses and research and advisory services.

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