The International Water Association is the network of water professionals striving for a world in which water is wisely, sustainably and equitably managed.

Drawing exceptional professionals from over 140 countries, the membership of the International Water Association (IWA) brings together scientists, researchers, technology companies, and water and wastewater utilities.

Being the largest membership association in the global water sector the Association builds on a 70 years heritage of connecting water professionals and started official operations in 2000. The IWA is an international reference for the water and sanitation industry.

The IWA membership communities contribute and develop the IWA Agendas. Meet us at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition and our Specialist Groups Conferences worldwide. IWA is science-driven and sets the agenda with the publication of 12 scientific journals and 40+ books per year by IWA Publishing.

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From the IWA network around the world.
February 23, 2021
IWA is pleased to have become a formal supporter of UN World Water Day. WWD celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without acces...
February 19, 2021
IWA, together with Cranfield University, is offering 15 scholarships across our MSc courses in Water & Wastewater Engineering, Water & Sanitation for De...
February 17, 2021
IWA is delighted to announce that it will be hosting the Digital World Water Congress, which will take place virtually from 24 May – 4 June 2021. This maj...
February 5, 2021
Pictured above: Mr. Ts.Torkhuu, Chairman of USUG (left) and Mr. Michael Klecheski, U.S Ambassador to Mongolia (right). The ambassador is shown presenting the US...

Blog Posts

Opinion and insights on the critical challenges facing the water sector.
March 3, 2021
As I write this blog from my house in London, I reflect on the fact that here we are fortunate to receive 24/7 access to running water and safe sanitation. This...
February 26, 2021
The devastating impacts of climate change on people, their environment as well as on the economies of countries are felt in all regions of the world and in ever...
February 15, 2021
One third of the global population has no access to toilets or latrines, while six in 10 do not have access to safely managed sanitation facilities. Furthermore...
February 11, 2021
This blog is part of a series about IWA Fellows and Distinguished Fellows, their career journeys and achievements, ambitions and the COVID-19 challenges in the ...

IWA Thought Leadership

Recognised for their unique and significant long-term contributions to advancing water science and management


Responding to global water challenges, IWA progressive agendas support sustainable urban and basin-related water solutions.

Perth is on the frontier of extremes, isolated from all other major cities in Australia on the largely wild west coast. Perth’s declining water availability from both surface and groundwater sources is well recognised.

Melbourne Basin

Melbourne is the state capital of Victoria and Australia’s second biggest city. Facing a variable climate; the region is facing more periods of extreme heat and drought, reductions in annual rainfall and increases in intense rainfall events.

Skanderborg Forsyning

The Danish water utility Skanderborg Forsyning affirms that when it comes to water security in a changing climate, using nature-based solutions at the local level was never a question. Climate change projects are an opportunity to adapt using nature to deal with increased rainfalls and prevent the flooding of urban areas.

IWA Stories: Fionn Boyle

Fionn is a project engineer focused on smart water systems and a member of the Institute of Water in the UK. At Anglian Water Services, he serves on the Future Leaders board.
During the video, Fionn gives a snapshot of his journey so far in the water sector and the benefits it has afforded him.

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The Source Magazine

The latest from the International Water Association Magazine
February 22, 2021
Water treatment operations can set a prime example of circular economy in action, in line with the UN Sustainable Development [...]
February 22, 2021
With 10 years remaining on the Sustainable Development Goal clock, time is short to tackle intermittent water supply, which undermines [...]
February 22, 2021
Intermittent operation of water supply networks is widespread, including in sub-Saharan Africa. Edo Abraham, Joost Verbart and Jan Peter van [...]
February 22, 2021
Uganda’s National Water and Sewerage Corporation has been expanding supply coverage aggressively, requiring it to optimise use of intermittent water [...]


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