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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October 22, 2020
IWA Launches Cyprus Young Water Professionals Chapter. A new IWA Young Water Professionals (IWA YWP) Chapter has been formed in Cyprus on 11 September 2020. Thi...
October 22, 2020
The International Water Association announces the newly elected 2020-2022 Emerging Water Leaders Steering Committee. This Steering Committee is the representati...
October 19, 2020
The International Water Association (IWA) is very pleased to announce the appointment of new 2020 IWA Fellows and Distinguished Fellows. The individual water pr...
October 13, 2020
IWA Announces New Initiative & Webinar Series: Regulating for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation The International Water Association (IWA) has launched a new IWA...

Blog Posts

Opinion and insights on the critical challenges facing the water sector.
October 27, 2020
In recent times, tremendous pressure has been exerted on freshwater resources due to natural and anthropogenic activities globally. Several major coastal cities...
Faecal sludge management in rural India – Case from Dhenkanal, Odisha India has made tremendous gain in eliminating opening defecation in the last five ye...
October 16, 2020
We live in a world with ever-changing new normals, technological disruptions, groundbreaking solutions – and countless buzzwords. We can do things today that ...
October 14, 2020
In October 2020, thousands of water professionals, colleagues and friends were to convene in Copenhagen. We were ready to share with you how we achieved bathing...

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.

The millennium drought affected all of Australia, and certainly it’s star city Sydney. This drought caused serious water security concerns for Sydney in the past, and further strain on the current water supplies is expected into the future.

Nature-Based Solutions Utility Spotlight: Anglian Water

spotlight is part of a series of utility case studies intended to shed light on the opportunities and challenges facing regulators and water utilities in their efforts to incorporate nature-based solutions into water management.

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
October 20, 2020
The high levels of urbanisation seen in Latin America illustrate the growing need for ‘resilience by design’ to address the [...]
October 20, 2020
A project supported by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund is working to progress the use of sustainable urban drainage [...]
October 20, 2020
A new joint report on climate financing by multilateral development banks (MDBs) in 2019 reveals significant efforts in both adaptation [...]
October 10, 2020
H2S is a nuisance odor that is naturally occurring in wastewater collection systems. Not only is it a source of [...]


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