UniSA has a long association with water research that is focused on industry and government requirements. The SA Water Centre for Water Management & Reuse was established in 2004 with seed funding from SA Water Corporation and UniSA to establish a key centre on aspects of water quantity (optimising existing use, alternative supply and future supply estimates, aka climate change predictions) and quality (optimising treatment processes and monitoring of quality). The centre also contains within it the Australian Irrigation and Hydraulics Testing Facility, a commercial NATA and ISO accredited facility that performs routine testing, consultancy and research related to water delivery systems. The CWMR has a wide range of partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region and further details can be found at www.unisa.edu.au/Research/CWMR.
The Centre also plays a major part in the training of water professionals for Australia and the surrounding Indo-Pacific countries at undergraduate, masters and PhD levels. UniSA also hosts the Centre for Comparative Water Policies and Laws (CCWPL) in the School of Law. Research includes water law reform, focusing on developing regulatory models for the management and allocation of water between competing uses and jurisdictions, and developing protocols to deliver sustainable development.