ISSN 1816-7950 on-line version



Basic information

In 1975 the Water Research Commission (WRC) decided that South African researchers in water science, technology and engineering required a platform to publish their work, and established and funded the journal.

Water SA is the WRC’s accredited scientific journal which contains original research articles and review articles on all aspects of water science, technology, engineering and policy.

Water SA has been in publication since 1975 and includes articles from both local and international authors. The journal is published quarterly and occasionally includes supplements.

From April 2005 onwards Water SA is being published primarily as an e-journal, with open free access to the published information guaranteed. The printed version is still available, but is no longer distributed free of charge.

The main goal of Water SA is to publish refereed, original work in all branches of water science, technology and engineering. This includes water resources development; the hydrological cycle; surface hydrology; geohydrology and hydrometeorology; limnology; salinisation; treatment and management of municipal and industrial water and wastewater; treatment and disposal of sewage sludge; environmental pollution control; water quality and treatment; aquaculture in terms of its impact on the water resource; agricultural water science; etc.

The journal has a very wide readership as the water field is multidisciplinary.

The journal's abbreviated title is Water SA (Online), which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, references and bibliographic strips.


Index sources

• Institute for Scientific Information (ISI),
• BIOSIS Preview
• Directory of Open Access Journals
• WaterNet AWWA
• Waterlit
• Fishlit
• Chemical Abstracts Service
• Cambridge Scientific Abstracts
• Office International de L'Eau
• Elsevier Bibliographic Databases



Copying of Water SA material is permitted with full acknowledgement of source. Commercial use of copied material is not allowed. Copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the Water Research Commission.



The publication receives financial support from:
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