Ricky Murray

Ricky Murray
Founder | Groundwater Africa
Dr Ricky Murray has been involved in groundwater resource assessments since 1984. He completed his MSc at Rhodes University and developed an approach to quantifying borehole yields in fractured aquifers. He obtained his PhD from the University of the Free State after assessing the feasibility of artificially recharging the Windhoek Aquifer. His areas of particular expertise lie in groundwater exploration, groundwater resource quantification, managed aquifer recharge (MAR), groundwater management, groundwater education and regional groundwater resource assessments. Some of his recent projects have been on groundwater resource development for cities like Port Elizabeth and Windhoek, town supplies like Plettenberg Bay and Jeffreys Bay, regional groundwater resource assessments like Kenya and Ethiopia/South Sudan and Managed Aquifer Recharge projects in Windhoek, Kolomela Mine and Sishen Mine where he designed their MAR schemes. He also does research into groundwater and recently assessed the groundwater resources of the entire Karoo Basin, mapped their major drilling targets for water supplies and identified indicators of deep groundwater flow which would be particularly vulnerable to contamination if shale gas development were to go ahead. He successfully helped Windhoek avert a severe water crisis in the summer of 2016/17 by assisting in developing emergency deep groundwater supplies. In 2013 the International Association of Hydrogeologists paid tribute to his international contribution MAR in Africa.