Water Resource Research Centre

Water is precious to everything we do that includes agriculture, industry, transport, etc., for this valuable resource determines development and fashions social wellbeing. But, of late with water resources getting scare professionals are fully baffled as how to find a holistic and integrated solutions for sustainable management of water resources.

In Ethiopian, water resources system is governed by 12 major river basins that generate about 124 billion cubic meters of water annually. The yearly groundwater reserve in aquifers is estimated to be over 2.6 billion cubic meters. And there are several fresh and saline lakes which have storage capacity of 96 billion cubic meters. Due to such immense physical water resources potential, Ethiopia is considered as the ‘water tower of Eastern Africa’.

Despite these resources, Ethiopia is facing crisis due to impacts of drought and flood as we are unable to manage this resources appropriately. To provide a long-term solution for these issues, Arba Minch Water Technology Institute came into being in 1986, which later on elevated to Arba Minch University in 2004.

WRRC has got exclusivity in 2017, with an aim to become center of excellence through research, consultancy and community services. So far several research and consultancy works have been conducted and few outputs communicated through internationally reputed journals, symposia and workshops.

WRRC annually organizes global meets on sustainable water resources development and management where stallholders, researchers, scientists, practitioners, decision-makers and community from different parts of the world gather to discuss issues.

Soon, it will be launching its first ever biannual research journal - Ethiopian Journal of Water Science and Technology that will publish, biannually, original research papers that are of regional and international significance.

VISION

It aims to become center of excellence in research, sustainable water resources management and utilization.

MISSION

WRRC is committed to conduct demand-driven & problem-solving research, attract consultancy services on thematic areas, incubate and transfer proven technologies to the community.

GOAL

To disseminate research outputs through communication platforms, create favorable research environment and promote cutting-edge research with scientific ethics.

OBJECTIVE

To create knowledge, evolve solutions; build capacities by coordinating and partnering

Staff Profile

Table-A: Staff on Duty

S.No

Name

Academic Rank

Position

Year of Joining

1

Dr. Samuel Dagalo

PhD

Director of WRRC

August 2003

2

Ayalkibet Mekonnen

MSc

Associate Researcher

March 2014

3

Mekuanint Muluneh

MSc

Associate Researcher

May 2015

4

Behailu Hussien

MSc

Associate Researcher

July 2015

5

Kalkidan Mekonnen

BSc

Assistant Researcher

August 2016

6

Emebet Mitiku

10+3

Office Administrator

June 2013

7

Dawit Shandalo

High School

Data Collector

June 2013

8

Goliyad Tamire

High School

Data Collector

June 2013

Table-B: Staff on study leave

S.No

Full Name

Academic Rank

Position

University attended for second degree

1

Tekabe Tekle

M.Sc.

Associate researcher

IIT DELHI

2

Demisachew Y.

BSc.

Assistant researcher

Addis Ababa

3

Andarge Alaro

BSc.

Assistant researcher

Hawassa

4

Gutema Mamo

BSc.

Assistant researcher

AMU

5

Endale Seyoum

BSc.

Assistant researcher

AMU

Thematic Areas of the Center

Thematic Areas

Sub-Thematic Areas

Water resources potential assessment and management

Water resource potential assessment (surface/ sub-surface) in Abaya Chamo and Omo Gibe basin

Allocation of water resource for various uses

Surface and groundwater quality assessment for various uses

Hydropower and alternative energy sources

Sustainable watershed management

Integrated watershed management (IWSM) studies

Soil and water conservation effectiveness studies

Sedimentation studies on lakes and rivers

Watershed prioritization based on hydrologic and soil erosion responses

Irrigation and drainage

Assessment of irrigation potential in Rift Valley lakes and Omo river basin

Rainwater harvesting on modern small-scale irri practice in semi-arid area

Small-scale irrigation and management

Evaluating and management of salinity on irrigation in Rift Valley and Omo river basin

Water supply and sanitation

Safe water supply and waste water removal and treatment techniques

Safe water coverage assessment

1. Investigation of the effectiveness of town water supply distribution system in terms of their efficiency and loss of water, etc.

Climate change adaptation and environmental integrity

Climate change impact assessments on water resource availability, and its impact on agriculture, power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Cooperation

WRRC is cooperating with Rift Valley Lake Basins Authority, SNNPR Water and Irrigation Office, Hawassa University, South Water Works Design & SupervisionEnterprise, other research institutes and centers in several joint projects and conducting trainings that address a range of water-related issues.

Completed and on-going research projects

Completed projects

S.N.

Title of Research Work

Research ID No.

Start

Date

Current Status

Principal Investigator

1

Evaluating effects of SWC practices on the productivity of Sorghum

Gov/AMU/AMiT/WRRC/03/2016

2016

Completed

Asrat Fikire

2

Evaluating impacts of climate change on surface water availability and allocation: A case of Bilate Basin

Gov/AMU/AMiT/WRRC/04/2016

2016

Completed

Behailu Hussein

3

Evaluation of effect of soil and water conservation on watershedhydrology of Kulfo using SWAT

GOV/AMU/7,2/AMiT/WRRC/1/2015

2015

Completed

Ayalkibet Mekonnen

Ongoing projects

1

Flow response of Forty Springs under land use land cover change

GOV/AMU/AMiT/WRRC/3/2015

2015

Ongoing

Dr. Santosh

Pingale

2

Updating the stage-dischargerelationship of the Kulfo River

Gov/AMU/2,5/AMiT/WRRC/05/2017

2017

Ongoing

Behailu Hussein

3

Analysis of dam overtopping risk based on uni-variate and bivariate flood frequency analysis: The case of Gidabo Dam

Gov/AMU/7,7/AMiT/WRRC/03/2017

2017

Ongoing

Sintayehu Yadate

4

Household bio-sand filter as a conventional water Treatment tech, its sustainability and adaptability in and semiarid areas: The case of Konso and Borena Areas

Gov/AMU/12,4/AMiT/WRRC/04/2017

2017

Ongoing

Mosisa Teferi

5

Evaluating performance of tomato crop under surface Irrigation

Gov/AMU/2/AMiT/WRRC/5/2015

2015

Ongoing

Gutema Mamo

6

Climate change impact, adaptation and mitigation strategies in Gelanawatershed

Gov/AMU/2,5/AMiT/WRRC/06/2017

2017

Ongoing

Amba Shalishe

7

Optimal water resources allocation under the constraint of the climate change in Hare River

Gov/AMU/AMiT/WRRC/2/2016

2016

Ongoing

Chekol Tamalew

8

Tracking moisture sources of rain-bearing systems over north-west Ethiopia: Case of Tana basin

Gov/AMU/AMiT/WRRC/2/2017

2017

Ongoing

Assefa Derib

9

Developing web-based parsimonious decision support tools for managing water resources of Abaya-Chamo catchment

GOV/AMU/Grand,1/AWTI/WRRC/01/2010

2018

ongoing

Mekuanent Muluneh

10

Can irrigated agriculture using Lake Abaya be sustainable?

GOV/AMU/Grand,1/AMIT/WRRC/02/2010

2018

ongoing

Dr. Kinfe K.

11

Experimental study of irrigation scheduling based on soil moisture status for maize crop in a semi-aridenvironment

GOV/AMU/7,1/AMIT/WRRC/04/2010

2018

Ongoing

Dr. Samuel D.

12

Assessment of soil erosion risk and uncertainties in the soil loss predictions using different resolutions of topographic data in sub-catchment of Rift Valley basin

GOV/AMU/7,7/AMIT/WRRC/02/2010

2018

ongoing

Mr.Aschalew C.

13

Sedimentation management in hydropower dam (Neshe multipurpose dam)

GOV/AMU/4,3/AMIT/WRRC/04/2010

2018

ongoing

Mr. Sisay S.

14

De-fluoridation using waste residue extract from alum manufacturing and assessing effect on ‘water quality’

GOV/AMU/7,2/AWTI/WRRC/03/2010

2018

ongoing

Dr. Beshah M.

15

Modern water control and management practices in irrigation system of lower Kulfo watershed

GOV/AMU/7, 2/AWTI/WRRC/03/2010

2018

ongoing

Ayalkibet Mekonnen

16

Rrole of irrigation technology in the management of wastewater reuse performance & its potential hazards

GOV/AMU/7,2/AWTI/WRRC/02/2010

2018

ongoing

Bogale Bitane

17

Agricultural water management under small-holder irrigated farms and its impact on soil fertility, nutrient

GOV/AMU/Ph.D,1/AWTI/WRRC/01/2010

2016

Ongoing

Mr. Demlash W.

(PhD research Work)

18

Unlocking hydrological variability & water availability for irrigation development in small upland watershed, southern Ethiopia

GOV/AMU/Ph.D.,2AWTI/WRRC/02/2010

2016

ongoing

Mr Kassawu B.

(PhD research work)

Arba Minch University