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Description: Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS) Keywords: University of the Free State, Institute for Groundwater Studies, IGS, underground water

At IGS we do underground things and show the results to those above the ground!

IGS is the leading groundwater research group in Africa on aspects related to fractured rock aquifers, industrial and mining contamination, groundwater governance and groundwater resources. 

The institute conducts contract research on a wide variety of water-related topics. Of special interest is its contribution to the mining and industrial sectors in terms of water management, minimisation of pollution, as well as understanding the nature and behaviour of South Africa's aquifers. The institute provides a complete service to these industries through field investigations, the development of specialised field equipment, a well-equipped commercial and water research laboratory, and a number of computer models for the management and operation of the aquifers, protecting them from pollution. These technologies have already been applied with excellent results in South Africa and neighbouring countries.

The institute also takes part in research projects for the Water Research Commission (WRC), Coaltech, and the government. We are proud of the fact that technologies developed through these projects are now in use worldwide.

The IGS has expertise in the following fields of geohydrology:

  • Groundwater research
  • Laboratory services
  • Groundwater in a mining environment
  • Development of groundwater monitoring programmes
  • Hydrogeological and contaminant investigations
  • Reserve determinations
  • Geochemical assessments
  • Groundwater software development
  • Acid-mine drainage prediction and management
  • Assessment of groundwater pollution
  • Groundwater risk assessments
  • Groundwater resource development and management
  • Environmental management programme reports for the mining industry
  • Geohydrological impact assessments at industries and landfills
  • Project management for groundwater-related projects
  • Geophysical investigations
  • Manipulation and integration of GIS data
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