Wader - The Water Technologies Demonstration Programme

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About Us

The Department of Science and Technology, in collaboration with the Water Research Commission, has established the Water Technologies Demonstration Programme to pull together the applied R&D and commercialisation stages of the water innovation continuum.

 
Vision

To bridge the gap between water research and the market to achieve a connected water innovation system that delivers socio-economic benefits for South Africa.

 
Mission

To facilitate high-level, collaborative technology demonstrators to maximise the potential of the water innovation value chain.

 

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Scope

WADER will act as an intermediary in the water innovation continuum to pull together the research and commercialisation stages of the water innovation continuum.

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Demonstrate water technologies in operational environments (piloted at scale).

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Assess the performance, validity, impact (social, environmental, etc.) and suitability of the technology.

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Build multi-sectoral and cross-disciplinary partnerships in support of water technology demonstrators.

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Disseminate information widely to promote technology adoption, investment, and user-confidence as well as communicate gaps in research, etc.

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Promote and support water entrepreneurship and relevant skills development in the water technologies space.

 

 

Purpose of Demonstrations

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Assess the performance and viability of the technology in operational environments;

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De-risk commercialisation;

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Increase market awareness, understanding and confidence in the technologies;

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Accelerate market adoption of promising technologies;

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Assist technology developers / manufacturers to validate the performance of their products; and

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Communicate gaps in research or new areas of research.

 

 

 


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