South African Network of Water Solutions Test Beds                    

There are a range of technology demonstration activities happening across South Africa, i.e. at different metros, utilities, state-owned entities and in the private sector. Some of these demonstrations are driven by individual partnerships between the user and the innovator. Other demonstrations are managed through intermediaries such as the Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (WADER), which has recently taken two important steps: i) it has launched a technologies communication and matchmaking website that aims to showcase emerging solutions in the water sector and connect innovators to demonstration opportunities; and ii) WADER and the WRC have launched a technologies co-hub with the Water Research Foundation (WRF) in the United States. This provides access to a wider scope of international technology and demonstration partnership opportunities. Both these opportunities can be streamlined and strengthened by identifying and consolidating a focused and activate network of national test beds

This led to the establishment of a South African Network of Water Solutions Test Beds.  Test Bed facilities that are interested in forming part of the test bed network and directory are encouraged to complete an application form which summarizes the different types of information we draw on to discern a test bed. Specific information is collated about the test bed and its capabilities. Once the test bed is assessed and accepted, the test site information is posted on our publicly accessible directory.  The directory and network facilitates the connection of researchers, new technology providers, funding agent and funding partners and other innovators in the water resources recovery industry with potential test facilities.

There are five (5) categories of test beds to be considered:

It is  crucial to consolidate the network of stakeholders that are conceptualizing, conducting tests or up-scaling test beds in various technology fields, as this will facilitate and highlight the opportunities to share relevant information on technologies and its commercial application in the market space. The purpose of the test beds itself is to:

Notably, this work lays the foundation to explore how public sector can more efficiently adopt and implement (at scale) new or innovative technologies. It also serves to map the way forward for the potential involvement of SMMEs in future.

NOTE: Locations on map are approximate

Please click here to view a facility and information of the pin to download its information in excel

SANNoWS Test Bed Directory

Test bed facilities that are interested in being included in the network and directory should click on the link below to download the form and send email to

FactSheet – Test Bed General & Financial Information