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About Us

The Water Research Institute (WRI) is one of the 13 institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It was formed in 1996 from the merger of the Institute of Aquatic Biology and the Water Resources Research Institute. WRI has a mandate to conduct research into water and related resources. WRI generates and provides scientific information, strategies and services toward the rational development, utilization and management of the water resources of Ghana in support of the socio–economic advancement of the country, especially in the agriculture, health, industry, energy, transportation, education and tourism sectors.


To become a centre of excellence in the provision of scientific research into water and related resources for sustainable socio-economic growth


To conduct research into all aspect of water resources (both living and non-living) in order to provide scientific and technical information and services, as well as strategies for the sustainable development, utilization and management of such resources for the socio-economic advancement of the country


Our core values include dedication to duty, commitment, loyalty to quality assurance and customer satisfaction



  • Main office in
    Accra - Greater Accra Region
  • Branch office at
    Tamale - Northern Region
  • Aquaculture
    Research and Development Centre (ARDEC) at Akosombo - Eastern Region


Research activities of the Institute include:

  • Characterising low stream flows of rivers in Ghana
  • Integrated assessment of sediment in the river basins
  • Climate change and water resources management
  • Technology for modern rainwater harvesting for households and small communities
  • Protection works on coastal and shoreline erosion
  • Design of urban drainage and flood control systems
  • Exploitation of groundwater resources to meet domestic, agriculture and industrial water supply
  • Preliminary geophysical investigation for the sitting of boreholes
  • Assessment of groundwater resources and evaluation of recharge to aquifer systems
  • Characterization and water quality assessments of inland rivers in Ghana
  • Pesticide residue analyses in food crops and water
  • Persistent organic pollutant analyses in vegetable growing areas of Ghana
  • Industrial wastewater quality studies
  • Analysis of metal levels in water, riverbed sediments and vegetables
  • Control of Malaria and Onchocerciasis
  • Control of Mosquitoes using biological control agents
  • Control of obnoxious aquatic weeds in water bodies
  • Improve hatchery facilities and techniques to increase mass production of tilapia and catfish fingerlings to meet the increasing demand by fish farmers in Ghana and the sub region
  • Further research into the culture of other indigenous species e.g., prawns (Machrobrachium spp. and Chrysichtys spp.) which are of high commercial value
  • Culture of brackish water species e.g., grey mullets and the black-chinned tilapia Sarotherodon melanotheron which are common in estuaries and lagoons
  • Promotion of cage and pen fish farming
  • Fish feed formulation using local ingredients
  • Training facilities (dormitory, library, etc.) at ARDEC Akosombo to enable commencement of on-farm training of fish farmers
  • Documentation and distribution of fresh water fish species of Ghana
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and watershed management
  • Commercialization of research and development activities through consultancy and advisory services and the provision of water resources information, documentation and technical support services
  • Training of students from polytechnics and universities
  • Training of technicians to drill boreholes and test pumps
  • Training of staff from the private and public institutions on water and wastewater analysis and environmental management



COVID 19 Update






 What you need to know about

Compiled by George T. Mensah and Dorothy Lomo-Mainoo

Environmental Biology and Health Division                  (Parasitology Section)

CSIR Water Research Institute Accra.

According to WHO, Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause various types illness (which range from the common cold to more severe diseases) such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). They are common in people and many different species of animals (CDC, 2020). They are zoonotic virus and therefore spreads from animals to humans and vice-versa. They have their origin in bats and the genetic make for the Chinese and US species are similar.

COVID-19 is the most recent member of the family and it is known to cause acute respiratory disease. The virus has been renamed” SARS-CoV-2” and causes Corona Virus Disease -2019 (COVID-19-CDC, 2020).

 It spreads from person to person through contact with an infected person in close contact within less than one metre radius and through droplets from the respiratory system of an infected person through sneezing or coughing. These droplets cause infection if they find their way to the lungs, nose, mouth and eyes of normal persons. One can also get the infection through touching the surfaces of objects that have the virus on them and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.

 Symptoms of COVID-19

The symptoms appear two to 14 days after exposure and includes; 

a) Fever

b) Dry Cough 

c) Shortness of breath/difficulty in breathing

d) Constant or persistent pain and pressure in the chest

Emergency warning signs includes all the above and;
Confusion in the thought pattern
Bluish lips /face


  • Wash your hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds
  • Take Vitamin C to help boost your immune system
  • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with an unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Keep a distance of at least two metres people when in public .
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing dispose of it immediately.
  • If you are sick or caring for someone who is sick, wear a face mask.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (including door locks, tables, light switches, foams, keyboards, toilets seats and sinks.
Ground Water Activity
The Groundwater Division generates, process
and disseminate information on the availability
of groundwater, quantity of water to be
abstracted for various uses as well as the
reliability and sustainability of its recharge.

           Scene from Drilling Activities

Activities include;
•Groundwater Geophysical Studies to 
 delineate potential drilling points 
•Geophysical exploration 
•Geophysical survey 
•Geophysical Investigation 
•Assessment of the Groundwater Potential
 for Borehole Drilling 
•Wet and Dry Season Groundwater Monitoring
•Assessment of the Groundwater Resources