Water For Development



Research activities are mainly applied, focusing on finding solutions to problems relating to development and management of water resources in Nigeria and elsewhere. They centre on:

  • aquifer studies
  • water resources assessment
  • water balance studies
  • rainwater harvesting
  • water quality assessment and surveillance
  • Erosion Studies


  • —Appraisal of Hydrogeological parameters of the basement complex aquifers
  • Hydrogeological study of Southern Kaduna and environs;
  • Rapid Assessment of Drinking Water Quality (RADWQ) in collaboration with FMA&WR, UNICEF and WHO;
  • Evaluation of Aquapak solar water pasteurizer in collaboration with UNICEF;
  • Analysis of borehole water from drilling contracts;
  • Collaborative research study using environmental isotope and hydrochemistry of Chad Basin aquifer system;
  • Isotope-aided study of Illumedin Basin aquifers in collaboration with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Vienna, Austria.


Under its mandated and partnerships activities, the institute has Executed/executing the following services and activities:

  1. Develop training modules for UNICEF assisted projects;
  2. Develop manuals for UNICEF assisted projects;

                i)          Harmonized Manual on Hygiene and Sanitation Promotion

                ii)         Community Management

                iii)        Menstruation and Menstrual Hygiene and Sanitation Promotion

                iv)        Handpump Repairs and maintenance

                v)         Borehole Contract Supervision and Management

  3. Support and promote the use of standardized Handpump for Nigeria;
  4. Undertake preparation of standardized procedures for handpump installation; drilling operation and sanitation facilities construction in Nigeria;
  5. Support LGA and Community to rehabilitate and/or upgrade dug wells in each state;
  6. Provide technical support to UNICEF on design, development, construction and protection of alternative (non-borehole and traditional) water supply sources.
  7. Provide technical support to states, LGA and communities on identified training needs focusing on low cost technology options;
  8. Participated in institutional assessment for capacity development of 17 WES delivery agencies at Federal, state and Local Government levels in Nigeria;
  9. Led in the production of the Nigeria Country Report on the Rapid Assessment of Drinking water Quality (RADWQ);
  10. Actively participated in the development of the “Nigerian Standards for Drinking water Quality” ;
  11. National Survey and assessment of Borehole Construction Contractors;
  12. Monitoring of Borehole construction contracts (UNICEF supported) in 7 states (Cross Rivers, Kwara, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, Sokoto and Kebbi);
  13. National assessment of facilities for handpump storage and distribution in the RBDAs and Handpump Manufacturing Outfits;
  14. National Quality Control inspection and testing of handpumps.Train the staff members of UNICEF assisted state water and environmental sanitation projects both at the state and LGA;


  • —Conduct applied research and provide solutions related to:
    • Surface water resources assessment
    • —Groundwater assessment, exploitation and management
    • —Erosion, flood control and reservoir operations
    • —Irrigation and drainage
    • —Water supply systems
    • —Alternative water supply systems (rain water harvesting, spring development, etc)
    • —Water quality assessment
    • —Sanitation and hygiene as related to water
    • —Hydropower
    • —Community development and management
  • —Conduct assessment surveys to promote the establishment and to support the maintenance of an effective national water resources data management system;
  • —Conduct institutional assessment for capacity development of water resources organizations; and
  • —Dissemination of research findings and water resources data and information through conferences, seminars, workshops and publications.


  1. Journal and Newsletter Publication
  2. Development of National Water Resources data Management System
  3. Drinking Water Quality Assessment
  4. Weather Station Upgrading and Data Collection
  5. Development of Appropriate Latrine for Riverrine Areas
  6. Code of Practice for Drainage Systems
  7. Standardization and Specification of three (3) Models of Water Well Drilling Rigs (Fabrication also in progress)
  8. Annual National Water Resources Conferences (same theme as World Water Day emphasis) in achieving National Development Objectives and MDGs targets
  9. Maintaining National Water Resources Capacity Building Network
  10. Establishment at NWRI of UNESCO-IHP Category II Regional Centre for IRBM


  1. Acceptability and Implementation of (5%) Capital Budget for Project – Specific Capacity Building.
  2. Befitting Structure for National and Regional Centre Activities.
  3. Law (Legal Status) Update.
  4. Improved Funding.
  5. Staff Recruitment and Manpower Development
  6. Institutionalize NWRI Training for career progression in the sector.
  7. Funding for the operation and development of RC-IRBM based on FGN/UNESCO Agreement
Executive Director

Dr. Emmanuel Adanu
Executive Director