South Africa is a water scarce country, intensified by climate variation and extreme events such as drought and floods. Increasing demand, encroachment on ecological infrastructure and functioning and maintenance of built infrastructure can compromise access to sufficient, clean water. Water and wastewater engineering ensures the design of water and wastewater systems to support ecological, economic and social needs and the sustainable management of water resources.
Water and wastewater engineers liaise with water quality and use specialists, urban and town planners and other engineers and specialists around water and wastewater management systems. They work in an office environment and often travel to project sites to monitor and direct operations or address on-site challenges.
Water and waste water engineers need a sound knowledge of engineering principles and an understanding of water and environmental regulations, processes and challenges, coupled with:
Oversee the construction, operation and maintenance of water systems
Design and develop equipment and projects around water management systems
Conduct impact studies related to water and wastewater collection, treatment or distribution
Provide technical direction and support around water engineering projects
B.Sc.Eng. in Civil Engineering specialising in Water Engineering at UCT, UKZN and Wits
B.Eng. in Civil Engineering specialising in Water Engineering at SU, UJ and UP
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Civil Engineering at CPUT, CUT, DUT, MUT, TUT, UNISA, VUT and WSU
National, provincial and local government.
Water utility companies.
Water treatment plants.
NGOs, community-based and development organisations and private consultancies.