WATER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Water Research and Development Center(WRDC) is a research center under the Engineering department of Ndejje University dedicated to exposing students to practical applications of the knowledge attained from class in the field of water and environment. This includes among others, project identification, proposal development, software training, water quality assessment, training, student exchange programs, and so on.
This center was established by the University in 2017 when they got a consultant from Christian Services International (CSI) now known as COWORKERS to work hand in hand with a team from the University staff and set up the center and carry out various water projects with students on behalf of the University to respond to the constantly arising water challenges in communities and the university.
Objectives of the Water Center
- Provide water quality testing services in the WRDC laboratory that adheres to the UNBS standards.
- Offer practical training courses and lectures in various fields of water analysis and application, e.g. GIS, water quality testing, rainwater harvesting, irrigation
- To engage students in project proposal development, implementation, and report generation and also offer guidance with their final year projects.
- Establish collaborations and partnerships with other universities, government agencies, companies, and organizations to push the agendas of the center and University.
Sustainable development goals under the Water Research and Development Center
In response to the UN sustainable development goals, the water research and development center has devoted its research and community outreach initiatives to address the issues above.
The water research and development center is ensuring sustainable food production systems and is implementing resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production. This is through the use of rainwater (surface run-off and roof harvested) so as to supplement the water available for irrigation from the existing well on the demonstration agricultural site for all seasons.
Ndejje University through the water research and development center has set up a water kiosk supplying clean water to Kisooba during water shortages but open for all seasons at a cost.
Through the community outreach initiatives, projects are to be set up to make water more accessible to locals in surrounding communities that face the challenge of water scarcity.
Sensitization of the locals on the different water quality indicators of drinking water to make the water safer for consumption in these areas.