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About the programme

I wish to welcome you to our Departmental websites, this website should give you a broad overview of the Department of Water and Sanitation in terms of its establishment, qualification offered, the mode of delivery, its staff, its activities, news items, information for prospective students and information on registered students.

The National Department of Water and Sanitation then called DWAF in partnership with the university established the National Water and Sanitation Institution in the year 2000 through White Paper on Water and Sanitation Supply. The main aim of the institution was to develop a BSc programme to produce water and sanitation technicians and professional water scientist and short courses to capacitate the existing water and sanitation employees in the government departments and municipalities in the entire country. The 3 year BSc was then be migrated to the university in the years 2003 and 2004 under the School of Physical and Mineral Sciences and then be moved to the School of Agriculture and Environmental Studies around the year 2008.

The department graduate annually about 80 students with a BSc degree in Water and Sanitation. This qualification is accredited with SACNASP, it will enable registration of graduates as candidate scientists and after the required exposure to industry, then students will apply for registration as Pr. Water Scientists. Also, the PBL undergraduate program is recognised internationally.

Purpose: The purpose of the programme is to produce innovative and solution oriented scientists, who are able to practice in the water and sanitation sector. The graduates will contribute meaningfully through research and development to the body of knowledge of the entire water sector. Water and sanitation science practitioners are in high demand in water and sanitation departments, science councils, municipalities, catchment management agencies, water boards and consulting companies. The University of Limpopo will produce graduates who are able to address emergent challenges, which will require new paradigms and directions.

Rationale: In the context of global change, water and sanitation issues are increasingly becoming problematic due to increased pressure exerted on water resources. Therefore, there is a need for sustainable and innovative ways to address water and sanitation related challenges, which translates to the need of having skilful scientists. Water quality science serves a pivotal role in the success of any water and sanitation industry and graduates from this programme will be sought after by national and provincial government departments, municipalities and water boards, especially for quarantine services at water laboratories and water treatment plants.

The programme is closely aligned with the National Water Resource Strategy-2 from the National Department of Water and Sanitation, which reflects the action plan and strategies which sets out how the department will achieve the goals and vision of the National Development Plan 2030 (NDP). In addition, students will be familiarised with

International trends in water and sanitation advances in solving complex challenges.

Why do we need a degree in water and sanitation?

In the context of global change, water and sanitation issues are increasingly becoming problematic due to increased pressure exerted on water resources. Therefore, there is a need for sustainable and innovative ways to address water and sanitation related challenges, which translate to the need of having skilful scientists. Water quality science serves a pivotal role in the success of any water and sanitation industry and graduates from this programme will be sought after by national and provincial government departments, municipalities and water boards, especially for quarantine services at water laboratories and water treatment plants.