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UCT launches interdisciplinary research centre amid water crisis

The institute will be based at a repurposed waste water treatment site in Franschhoek.

The water level of the Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town dropped to around 30 percent in March 2016. It is the largest of five major dams supplying drinking water to the city. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) has launched an interdisciplinary research institute to address water scarcity.

The Future Water Research Institute aims to join several scientific disciplines in one space in a bid to help preserve water sources.

The institute will be based at a repurposed waste water treatment site in Franschhoek.

UCT's professor Sue Harrison says many disciplines will form part of the future water research institute.

Water and sanitation minister, Nomvula Mokonyane emphasised the importance of forming partnerships to address water scarcity.

Mokonyane adds knowledge driven, solution finding initiatives like this will propel the country forward.