Water Research Commission

BannerASue's involvement with the Water Research Commission dates back to 1999, when she was contracted as minutes secretary for steering committee meetings of WRC-funded research projects in Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Over the next six years she attended a few meetings per month, exposing her to a range of technical fields within the water arena and broadening her knowledge considerably.

She later began writing for the WRC's magazine, The Water Wheel, and has had more than 70 feature articles published to date.

Sue was also contracted to write four booklets for the Water Research Commission on WRC-funded Centres of Excellence, covering past and present staff and students, records of publication and theses, as well as a summary of research contributions and technological developments in the areas listed below.

The Water Research Group in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town

  • Biological nutrient removal
  • External nitrification
  • Dual digestion
  • Filamentous bulking
  • Secondary settling tanks
  • Membrane technology
  • Acid mine drainage
  • Acid-base chemistry and modelling


The Polymer Science Division in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science, Stellenbosch University

  • An introduction to membrane technology
  • Reverse osmosis
  • Solar distillation
  • Ultrafiltration
  • Membrane fouling
  • Activated carbon microfiltration and affinity separation


The Freshwater Research Unit in the Zoology Department, University of Cape Town.

  • Environmental flow assessment
  • Water quality
  • River health and integrity
  • Wetland health and integrity
  • Threats to endemic fish
  • Identification guides and databases


The Groundwater Group in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of the Western Cape

  • Characterisation
  • Recharge
  • Discharge
  • Pollution
  • Sustainable utilisation
  • Socio-economics

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