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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. 

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Thanks to all who participated in UAlberta Water Week 2014

We are already starting to plan for UAlberta Water Week 2015. If you wish to get involved, please email


  1. Free Workshop: Developing Safe Sustainable Water Reuse Applications in Alberta

    April 22 2014

    University of Alberta water researchers Nicholas Ashbolt and Norman Neumann to speak at post conference workshop at the Alberta Land Institute's inaugural Land Use symposium.

  2. Making our water safer

    April 16 2014

    Water researcher awarded $4.2M provincial research chair to find better ways of managing one of the world's most vital resources

  3. Water Initiative project selected for CWN funding

    April 07 2014

    Hydraulic fracturing wastewater management project led by the University of Alberta Water Initiative is one of four projects chosen by the Canadian Water Network to help address Canadian's concerns related to water and hydraulic fracturing.

  4. »more

The Water Initiative is organized around three main interrelated themes:

Water and resource extraction

Alberta’s future water supply

Water quality beyond cities

To learn more, please contact