The Water Wheel is a magazine aimed at improving general public understanding of science and technology. The Water Wheel has been in publication since 2002 with material being sourced from outside the WRC. Paid advertisements are also encouraged. 

The Water Wheel is issued bi-monthly (6 editions per year). The WRC distributes copies to subscribers throughout South Africa and the SADC countries although there is an increasing emphasis on the electronic version.

Editorial Principles: Guidelines for Contributors

The following four editorial guidelines will assist contributors planning to submit items for publication in the Water Wheel:

  • Preference is given to Good News stories - new developments, achievements, positive contributions to society and the improvement of life in general
  • The Application of Science and scientific processes, methods and research in the water field are highlighted
  • A Visual Approach is preferred, as opposed to long and complex articles that are difficult to read
  • The Human Element should always form a major part of every science article.

For further information about subscriptions and advertising opportunities, contact the Editor: wweditor@wrc.org.za

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The Water Wheel November/December 2021

Published Date: November 2021

ISBN: 0258-224



Food security – It takes a village…and a whole lot more

Published Date: November 2021

ISBN: 0258-224



Tracking COVID-19 in sewers and in patients to help halt the pandemic

Published Date: November 2021

ISBN: 0258-224


Subsurface water banking for water security and climate resilience

Published Date: September 2021

ISBN: 0258-224


Prof Sue Walker – A career in agrometeorology

Published Date: September 2021

ISBN: 0258-224



New national park plan to protect mountain water factory

Published Date: September 2021

ISBN: 0258-224


The Water Wheel September/October 2021

Published Date: September 2021

ISBN: 0258-224


WRC report guides the way to safely irrigating with mine-water

Published Date: September 2021

ISBN: 0258-224


Keep on saving – Water demand management in a time of plenty

Published Date: September 2021

ISBN: 0258-224



Namhla Mbona – wetland mapping maestro and citizen science champion

Content Type: Water Wheel article

Published Date: July 2021

ISBN: 0258-224


Turning the tide on cleaner energy, one community at a time

Content Type: Water Wheel article

Published Date: July 2021

ISBN: 0258-224


Investigating the potential of inland fisheries in South Africa

Content Type: Water Wheel article

Published Date: July 2021

ISBN: 0258-224


What’s to be done about that dam silt!

Content Type: Water Wheel article

Published Date: July 2021

ISBN: 0258-224


Keeping our swimmers safe – SA study investigates water quality of public pools

Content Type: Water Wheel article

Published Date: July 2021

ISBN: 0258-224


South African news July 2021

Content Type: Water Wheel article

Published Date: July 2021

ISBN: 0258-224


The Water Wheel July-August 2021

Content Type: Water Wheel magazine

Published Date: July 2021

ISBN: 0258-224



The Water Wheel May/June 2021

Published Date: May 2021

ISBN: 0258-224






New movement aimed at saving region’s freshwater fish

Published Date: May 2021

ISBN: 0258-224


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