Charles John Wood, British civil engineer, was appointed at the request of the Cape Town City Council, through the Institution of Civil Engineers (of which he was a member), to recommend a scheme for the repair and partial reconstruction of the Molteno water reservoir in Cape Town. He submitted his Report on the reconstruction of the Molteno reservoir (Cape Town, 8p) in 1884. Subsequently he remained in Cape Town to supervise the work, residing in Sea Point. He reported progress in a paper entitled "The Molteno reservoir...", which was published in the Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (1886-1887), and also as a pamphlet (London, 1887, 14p).
Wood was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1891 or 1892 he became a member of the South African Philosophical Society, but his membership had lapsed by 1897. In that year he applied for work as an engineer in the Natal Colony.