The Microbial Water Quality Monitoring Unit, based at the University of Fort Hare, studies water science and management with the aim of developing solutions to water-related challenges facing South Africa and the rest of the world.
Key focus areas
- Monitoring waterborne and water-related disease-causing bacteria;
- Evaluating challenges in microbial water quality and safety;
- Developing the next generation of microbial water resource specialists;
- Assessing the quality of water used for drinking, recreation, irrigation and fish farming;
- Prioritising water resource monitoring and compliance;
- Exploring compounds important for health and biotechnology;
- Determining the effectiveness of current chlorine disinfection guidelines; and
- Creating real-time antibiotic and chlorine resistant element detection devices.