Within the Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment group there are many subgroups that research over multi-disciplinary fields.
Water Research Group
The Water Research Group (WRG) promotes the highest level of intellectual discourse, training and research on water and environmental issues from an integrated, multi-faceted and interdisciplinary approach to achieve equitable, efficient and sustainable use of water resources. The activities of the Group address directly the sustainable development goal (SDG) 6 – clean water and sanitation and 13 – climate action, and these make significant contribution to SDGs 1 and 2 – no poverty and zero hunger. These activities involve a combination of approaches that include experimentation in the hydraulics and environmental engineering laboratories in Hillman building, numerical modelling with a wide-range of software packages, and field investigations. Some of the research activities carried out by the Group include hydraulic modelling, hydrological and water resource systems modelling, water resources planning and management, water distribution system optimization and water quality monitoring, sanitation, sustainable stormwater management, environmental sustainability, and drought and risk mitigation. The Group receives funding for its research activities from a variety of sources including the Water Research Commission (WRC), the National Research Foundation (NRF), the City of Johannesburg and Joburg Water.
Systems, Transportation and Hydroinformatics Group
Environmental Infrastructure Group
The Environmental Engineering Group is made up of academics who conduct research in a number of topical areas. The group has worked on and/or is currently working on projects aimed at assessing and managing biostability and biofilm growth in drinking water distribution systems, developing polymeric membrane systems for the removal of trace pharmaceuticals from wastewater, evaluating the efficiency of a novel photobioreactor design in supporting the growth of cyanobacteria, exploring sustainable approaches for the disposal of sludge from secondary wastewater treatment plants, understanding the drivers of, and barriers to, the acceptance of alternative toilets in South Africa, using low-cost and micro-scale green infrastructure to manage surface water and stormwater runoff in informal settlements and exploring the utility of stabilised earth as a structural material.
The Group has a well-equipped analytical chemistry laboratory and a small molecular biology laboratory. These laboratories are managed by a professional chemist and are accessible to researchers and students from within and outside of the School.
- Ms. Namhla Maqubela (Enviromental Lab technician)
- Mr. Tinashe Mangere (Hydraulics lab and Head Lab technician)
- Mr. Stephen Ndolvu (Hydraulics lab)