The Water Wheel is a magazine aimed at improving general public understanding of science and technology. The Water Wheel has been in publication since 2002 with material being sourced from outside the WRC. Paid advertisements are also encouraged. 

The Water Wheel is issued bi-monthly (6 editions per year). The WRC distributes copies to subscribers throughout South Africa and the SADC countries although there is an increasing emphasis on the electronic version.

Editorial Principles: Guidelines for Contributors

The following four editorial guidelines will assist contributors planning to submit items for publication in the Water Wheel:

  • Preference is given to Good News stories - new developments, achievements, positive contributions to society and the improvement of life in general
  • The Application of Science and scientific processes, methods and research in the water field are highlighted
  • A Visual Approach is preferred, as opposed to long and complex articles that are difficult to read
  • The Human Element should always form a major part of every science article.

For further information about subscriptions and advertising opportunities, contact the Editor: wweditor@wrc.org.za

The Latest Water Wheel Magazine

The Water Wheel July/August 2019’

Restoring land, water and community resilience

At the heart of South Africa’s water woes lies our continued
inability to utilise the water we already have innovatively,
effectively, efficiently and with the right levels of efficacy.
This is not in any way discounting the vagaries of climate change
and the increased frequency of extreme weather events. The
extended El Niño cycles, including the frequent low impact ones,
have certainly had an accumulative effect – especially in our
ability to timeously recover sufficiently between dry spells. These
are real, and represent the new boundary conditions for our
water planning, and perhaps this is where we have been wanting.
It should, of course, be informing not only water planning, but
overall development and economic planning.

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Municipalities receive support to manage their wetlands

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Published Date: 2018/05/10


The Water Wheel May-June 2018

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Published Date: 2018/05/10


Seawater desalination – what difference does site choice make to cost?

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Published Date: 2018/05/10


Busting myths around urban household water use in South Africa

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Published Date: 2018/05/10


Calitzdorp Dam

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Published Date: 2018/05/10


National peatland database

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Published Date: 2018/05/10


School sanitation – Returning dignity to South African schools

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Published Date: 2018/05/10


Water sector news May 2018

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Published Date: 2018/05/10


Post Day Zero – Lessons in resilience from São Paulo

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Published Date: 2018/05/10


Cape Town drought places sewerage systems under pressure

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Water quality – taking care of our rivers and streams

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Published Date: 2018/05/10


Threatened KZN wetlands offered a lifeline

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Published Date: 2018/03/02


Breede River environment plan taking shape

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Published Date: 2018/03/02


Ensuring the future of Kamfers’ flamingos

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Published Date: 2018/03/02


Are icebergs a realistic option for augmenting Cape Town’s water supply?

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Published Date: 2018/03/02


Hippo roller donation boosts food production

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Published Date: 2018/03/02


Research project underlines the importance of South Africa’s peatlands

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Published Date: 2018/03/02


Leading the charge towards innovation – Valerie Naidoo

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Pietersieliekloof wetland rehabilitation project – Investing in the future

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Published Date: 2018/03/02


Resource use efficiencies in potato production

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Published Date: 2018/03/02


News from the SA water sector March 2018

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Published Date: 2018/03/02


Tshwane kids get up close and personal with unique urban wetland

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Published Date: 2018/03/02


The Water Wheel March/April 2018

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Published Date: 2018/03/02


Study explores microplastic pollution

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Published Date: 2017/12/08


Rietvlei dam – faithful supplier of water to the capital

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Published Date: 2017/12/08


What 115 years of data tells us about Africa’s battle with malaria past and present

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Published Date: 2017/12/08


Out-of-the-box thinking required to secure SA’s water future

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Published Date: 2017/12/08


Proudly-South African Felix Reinders to head up global irrigation and drainage commission

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Published Date: 2017/12/08


Precious heritage – Project quantifies the value of SA’s Ramsar wetlands

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Published Date: 2017/12/08


Reclaimed water – A valuable supply if you can trust it

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Published Date: 2017/12/08


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