Manager: Water Quality Management
Dr Kevin Murray
studied chemistry at the University of Cape Town and spent a three
year post-doc period at the University of Wales Institute for
Science and Technology in Cardiff before joining the CSIR in 1985.
At the CSIR he started by focusing on chemical modelling in aqueous
solutions which led him naturally into the water field, specifically
water quality. After 13 years at the CSIR he then worked as a
private consultant, again for about 13 years.
Dr Murray manages research that addresses the significant water
quality problems in our natural water resources. Water quality
is generally reflected in concentrations of substances and
microorganisms, physico-chemical attributes, radioactivity, as well
as biological responses to these. Water quality that has been
compromised by human activities can have severe ecological, social,
and economic consequences, all ultimately affecting quality of life.
Research will focus on consolidating and transferring the vast
amount of existing knowledge in ways that directly support
management of the priority water quality problems, including
eutrophication, microbial contamination, increasing salinity, and
contamination by a wide range of problematic chemicals.
However, there will also be attention given to important emerging
issues to ensure South Africa remains alert to international trends
and the changing environment in which we live.