Innovative Solutions for Water Quality, Usage and Supply

Alberta's water challenges are global water challenges. Quality, supply, access and use are all issues.

The University of Alberta is a leader in developing solutions to local, regional and global water challenges. 

Multidisciplinary Expertise

The Water Initiative brings together the interdisciplinary capacity of more than 100 researchers whose work spans resource economics, water treatment, toxicology and microbiology, northern and cold weather research, ecosystem biology, energy and the environment, water policy, nanotechnology and sensors.

Our goal is to equip the next generation of thinkers, policy makers, scientists and leaders with a holistic understanding of the integrated nature of challenges in water quality, usage and supply. 


  1. Report from the WatIF conference at Queen’s University: supporting new water researchers early in their careers

    May 29 2014

    PhD candidate Eva Bogdan shares her experience of the recent Water Initiative for the Future (WatIF) conference at Queen's University.

  2. Public Event: Citizen Science: a greener world where science gets social—June 10

    May 26 2014

    Join iconic environmental scientists Kamaljit Bawa and David Schindler to hear how science and communities are coming together to address environmental issues too big to handle alone.

  3. Working globally on 'Water for Health'

    May 09 2014

    $3M project will bring together researchers from Canada and India to find solutions to common problems with water quality.

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