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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Latest News

Latest opinion and insights from the IWA network.
March 26, 2020
Kampala, the capital of Uganda, hosted in February the 20th African Water Association (AfWA) Congress & Exhibition and it was also the venue of the IWA Boar...
Climate changeDevelopmentEnvironmentSDGs
March 21, 2020
Climate Change: A Threat To Attaining Sustainable Development from IWA on Vimeo. Urgent actions need to be taken in order to counter the effects of climate chan...
AfricaClimate change
March 20, 2020
Water industry transitions are at the core of Future Water Leaders insights. Jacob Amengor gives reflects about the needs of the water industry sustainable deve...
March 20, 2020
World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. Adapting to the water effects of climate chan...

Latest Blog Posts

Latest opinion and insights on the critical challenges facing the water sector.
March 23, 2020
COVID-19 and ‘Chasing for Water’: Let’s revisit the Everyday Experiences of Water Access in Poor Urban Spaces.   “……in most parts of our wo...
March 20, 2020
Water is at the heart of the climate crisis Climate change poses huge challenges for the water sector as water will become scarcer, more unpredictable, more pol...
March 18, 2020
Climate Change: A Threat To Attaining Sustainable Development Growing up, I was very familiar with streams and wetlands as my family and I lived in an agricultu...
March 6, 2020
“We cannot solve our problem with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein We’ve all heard about thinking out of the box… But it...


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

IWA Thought Leadership

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

Water-Wise Stories

For a water-wise world.

Xi’an is located in the middle of the Yellow River basin, one of the largest river basins in the world. Even with all this water around, the city still faces severe water shortages for a growing population.

Aguas do Porto

Águas do Porto, the utility responsible for urban water cycle management, has taken several measures to deal with ecosystem decline and prevent pollution, following the principles of River Basin Management Plans under the Water Framework Directive.

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.


Water Career Stories: CEO Consultancy

The water sector needs to attract and inspire professionals to choose to work and stay in the water sector. The water-related Sustainable Development Goals and targets will require a water sector workforce that is adequate in numbers and competencies.

Latest Videos

On the topics that matter most to reach a water wise world.
February 21, 2020
IWA Board of Directors: Asma El Kasmi Asma El Kasmi est membre du comité de direction de l’IWA. Elle parle de sa responsabilité en tant que femme au sei...
February 10, 2020
IWA Stories: Benjamin Tam from IWA on Vimeo. Benjamin Tam is Managing Director at Isle Utilities with a background in science and innovation. He started his wat...
January 1, 2020
Kala Vairavamoorthy IWA CEO, gave an interview at the 2019 Water and Development Congress, where he emphasizes the value of debates and discussions at the congr...
October 3, 2019
Diane D'Arras – The Future from IWA on Vimeo. President of the International Water Association, Diane D’Arras, outlines the main actors and axe...

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Latest news from The Source Magazine
February 17, 2020
This edition of The Source explores one of the core aspects of meeting the world’s water needs: financing. It covers [...]
February 14, 2020
A multi-sectoral process led by utility regulator SISS over the past two years has resulted in an ambitious urban water [...]
February 11, 2020
The water sector needs to secure much greater investment, but also to direct this at the most appropriate solutions and [...]
February 11, 2020
Innovation in financing is needed to bridge the water sector investment gap. Kathleen Dominique, of the OECD, looks at the [...]


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