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Hosted by THE FUTURE WATER INSTITUTE, AquaSavvy is a campaign about Water Sensitivity aiming to inspire and guide individuals, groups, and corporates to become more water sensitive. A big part of doing this is translating academic research into everyday language, and to share examples (case studies), images, icons and step-by-step guides that help people to make decisions about water.
Developed by researchers at the iCOMMS group, in collaboration with THE FUTURE WATER INSTITUTE, the DropDrop App is a stand-alone app for Android devices that helps individuals track their water consumption. It allows users to track their daily water usage, and view their estimated monthly water bills, as well as access information about the water system, water conservation methods, and municipal contacts.
The Peninsula Paddle is a fun yet gruelling 15km kayak journey from Muizenberg to Milnerton, that is used to draw attention to the state of Cape Town’s urban rivers. The Peninsula Paddle raises a critical message:
The health of a city is seen in its waterways.
Waterways are blue and green corridors that are the veins of the city connecting well-established suburbs to some of the poorest areas. We all share the waterways. What gets discarded and poured into stormwater drains will finds its way to the sea.
Over 100 paddlers take up the challenge each year. Along the way they get a close-up view of the city’s waterways, seeing first-hand the accumulated litter, aquatic weeds and contaminated water that regularly flows into the canals and lakes.
Anyone can participate in this annual event at no cost. All you need is a kayak (we can help you to organise one) and the guts to paddle from Muizenberg to Milnerton!
END5129S: Sustainable water management in Africa
The course has been designed to equip the next generation of critical thinkers to consider Africa’s increasingly complex water challenges. It challenges participants to consider water in new ways, develop the tools to do so and equip them with the skills to apply their learnings in different contexts. This course adopts an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary (IDTD) approach to examine the complexity of current water crises, trends and conditions, with specific examples from the African continent. While considering water demand, supply and treatment, it addresses the need to derive maximum benefit from water resources while incurring minimum burden and the need to secure ‘new taps’ in a Water Sensitive context. Read more.
Making Waveforms (Short Course)
Making Waveforms is an outdoor-education-meets-art-activism program championing global water justice hosted by Rhodes University's Environmental Learning Research Centre in collaboration with THE FUTURE WATER INSTITUTE. Through experiential learning, demonstrations and a number of field trips (e.g., water sports, riverside soundwalks), participants are asked to explore their relationships with water. They are paired with local Knowledge Keepers and are tasked with building meaningful connections over a period of five weeks, to create short, site-specific videos to raise awareness about the importance of healthy waterways.
1003 water-sensitive cities: prospects for Cape Town
In 2018, Dr Kevin Winter coordinated a course at the UCT Summer School, called "1003 water-sensitive cities: prospects for Cape Town".
Below are key presentations from the course, as well as two other relevant presentations:
(2021) WESTalks Seminar Series
FW participated in the WESTalks Seminar Series. FW's Prof Dyllon Randall gave a presentation titled "Urine – the Liquid Gold of Wastewater", on 26 February 2021.
WESTalks Seminar Series is oganised by the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) Student Engagement Committee (SEC), the University of British Columbia’s Future Waters, and McGill University. The seminars are an opportunity for researcher’s working on water research to share insights about their research. For more presentations during the WESTalk seminar series visit IC-IMPACTS's YouTube page
(2019) Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers Seminars
In 2019, Neil Armitage (THE FUTURE WATER INSTITUTE Deputy Director) and Ryan Winston (Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering at Ohio State University) ran seminars around South Africa, sponsored by the Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa, on Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavers (PICP).
PICP are an increasingly popular solution for managing stormwater in urban areas as they don’t take up any space. Although they have been successfully used the world over for this purpose, many of the existing installations in South Africa are failing – possibly due to lack of proper environmental control and maintenance. Bio-cells offer a similar solution to PICP – taking up some space but with less risk of failure than PICP.
These seminars considered best practice for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of PICP and bio-retention cells in South Africa drawing on extensive use of both devices in the USA.
See Neil’s presentation on PICP & Biofilters, and Ryan’s presentation on Bioretention Cell Performance, Construction, and Maintenance.
(2019) Floating Seminar(s)
In August 2019, Dr. Amber Abrams, visiting scholar at Aarhus University through DANIDA mobility funding, hosted with Dr. Josh Cohen a floating seminar on Aarhus A. As a way to engage others who were not involved in this pilot, we have developed a photo-essay/invitation to think with us in this way (see here). This pilot experiment in learning, experiencing, and floating together was supposed to have a follow-up seminar in Cape Town in March 2020, however, this has been delayed due to Covid 19 restrictions." See here.
(2018) Bridging Waters Conversation Series
In late 2017 and through 2018, THE FUTURE WATER INSTITUTE held the Bridging Waters Conversation Series, where we talked about water sensitivity in a transdisciplinary way.
Below is a list of what each conversation focused on:
(2017) Future Water Research Symposium
In July 2017 THE FUTURE WATER INSTITUTE held a research symposium that focused on “Equity and efficiency in allocating water in South Africa: challenging attitudes, changing behaviours”. Read about some of the reflections of the symposium round table discussions, as well as the lessons learnt from the event.
Online courses about water
These courses are not offered by THE FUTURE WATER INSTITUTE, but are a selection of (mostly) freely available online courses about water issues, for specialists and non-specialists alike.
If you know of any interesting courses that should be listed here, please contact us.
Below we list several water fora that members of THE FUTURE WATER INSTITUTE use (though please note that this list is only a subset of what is available online).
Tel: +27 21 650 5317