Essential Water webinars

The Essential Water webinars seek to to introduce water science and management.  They are designed for a broad audience, including those involved in water policy or management with limited or no technical expertise, those who wish to expand their knowledge to areas outside their expertise, young water professionals and members of the community wishing to understand water policy and decision making. 

These webinars are an introductory update on current thinking and practice on water management issues. 

Hydrology for Beginners – An introduction to water management


Juanita Moolman is a Hydrologist and Spatial Scientist with 27 years’ experience in the water resources sector.  Twenty-four of those years was in the South African Department of Water Affairs.

Dr Geoff Adams an experienced hydrologist, water system modeller, model developer, water system operator and water system manager with over 30 years experience in the field.

Groundwater – lifting the veil on the unseen

Groundwater forms the backbone of water security and climate resilience across the world. With climate change intensifying water-related weather extremes, and further stress on limited water resources from population growth, groundwater is set to become more important for adaptation while also coming under increasing pressure. The bright side of this vast challenge is that with a better understanding of the resource and investments in its proper management, rural and urban populations can continue to harness the unmatched benefits of this resource long into the future.

This session will outline the different types of groundwater resources, the importance of protecting and managing groundwater and the challenges is managing an unseen yet valuable resource.


Dr S.A. Prathapar is groundwater specialist with 40 years experience in water resource management in Australia and overseas.  Until last year, Prathapar was seconded to the Asian Development Bank by the Australian Water Partnership as Groundwater Specialist.