Watershare welcomes South African Water research commission as 15th member
The South African Water Research Commission (WRC) has joined the Watershare community as a gold member. WRC is the fifteenth applied research institute in the public water sector to have access to the joint software programme for r&d activities.
CEO Dhesigen Naidoo (left on top photo) of WRC, and his counterpart at KWR CEO Wim van Vierssen, signed the Watershare partnership agreement in Johannesburg, South Africa on 17 November.
The signing ceremony took place in the presence of the South African Minister of water affairs and sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane and the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte.
The Dutch Prime Minster was present as leader of a Dutch trade mission.The recently added Urban water optioneering tool (UWOT) simulates the urban water demands for planning and assessment of the urban water cycle.
Sharing water expertise
After collaborating for several years with KWR, the WRC decided to join Watershare with the aim of creating new opportunities to generate knowledge and promote water research in South Africa, applying different tools from the Watershare platform.
Watershare is a platform of highly reputed water institutes that collaborate intensively in order to better serve their end-user clients. Within Watershare, selected knowledge institutes from all over the world share their expert water-related R&D tools.
The Water Research Commission (WRC) actively contributes to South Africa’s water knowledge base by funding fundamental water research, growing scientific capacity and disseminating knowledge to important stakeholders.
WRC-funded projects directly address the country’s water challenges by investigating new technologies and methods to enhance water and sanitation supply, supporting policy and legislation, and providing guidance to implementers.
Watershare is a global collaborative platform for top applied research institutes in the public water sector. Knowledge institutes that are member of the platform have access to a large number of software products, developed to resolve practical problems faced by the end-users of these knowledge institutes.
Watershare enables knowledge institutes to better serve their end-user clients – such as water companies, utilities, municipalities and waterboards – so that these, in turn, can effectively meet the water needs of the people of their countries.
At the moment, the Watershare platform comprises 32 tools, including many software products from founding partner KWR.
This news item was originally published on the website of KWR watercycle research institute.
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● SIWW2014: PUB Singapore joins Watershare knowledge platform as Gold Member, 3 June 2014
● IWA Busan 2012: Global launch for KWR’s Watershare initiative, 20 September 2012
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