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

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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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News from the SA water sector January 2018

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/12/08


From waste to worth – converting wastewater sludge into high-value products

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/12/08


Urban wetlands – prized land

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/12/08


Water Wheel January-February 2018

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine

Published Date: 2017/12/08


The Water Wheel November-December 2017

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine

Published Date: 2017/10/31


Billions remain unserved as world races towards meeting the SDGs

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/10/31


‘Radical shift’ needed to reduce risks during pit emptying for workers, households

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/10/31


Civil engineering fraternity expresses concern over state of South Africa’s infrastructure

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/10/31


News from the SA water sector November 2017

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/10/31


What’s that in your drinking water?

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/10/31


New App a shot in the arm for blackfly control along Orange River

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/10/31


WRC celebrates excellence with Knowledge Tree awards

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/10/31


Study highlights economic trade-offs in irrigation design

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/08/28


Water sector news September 2017

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/08/28


The Water Wheel September-October 2017

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Published Date: 2017/08/28


Seasonal hydrological forecasting – current state of play

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/08/28


Driving the Water-Energy-Food nexus in the context of sustainable development

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/08/28


Prof Bhekie Mamba: Dedicated to refining water treatment technologies that can save lives

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/08/28


Beyond the farm gate: FruitLook unlocks bigger picture

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/08/28


National survey highlights how tanneries have stepped up their water game

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/08/28


Where will our future water-supply come from? The challenge with non-conventional options

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/07/05


Benefits flow from SA water innovation to irrigation schemes, farms

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/07/05


Water-smart energy planning in South Africa – World Bank report

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/07/05


News from the SA water sector July 2017

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/07/05


The science of women in wetlands

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/07/05


Project modelling irrigation water use through satellite technology progresses

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/07/05


Dialogue explores the plight of environmental refugees

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/07/05



Winds of change – exploring the growing phenomenon of environmental refugees

Content Type: Water Wheel Magazine Article

Published Date: 2017/07/05


Water Wheel July-August 2017

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Published Date: 2017/07/03


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