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.
July 7, 2020
The current global health situation has led us into new forms of working together as well as meeting each other. The IWA is the network of water professionals w...
June 26, 2020
Water and wastewater utilities provide essential services – the good management of these resources saves lives. This global health crisis has put a special sp...
June 5, 2020
Today we celebrate World Environment Day 2020. This is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on 5 June; ...
May 29, 2020
The digital transformation presents new business opportunities for the water sector. Listen as Rik Thijssen, Manager of Business Development at Vitens, gives hi...

Blog Posts

Opinion and insights on the critical challenges facing the water sector.
July 8, 2020
While the Corona crisis has meant national lockdowns all over the planet and has forced many industries to think in new workways and procedures, attention has a...
June 22, 2020
COVID-19 and Safe Hand Washing- What has changed for the urban middle class in Northern India? As India went into lockdown in March 2020 due to COVID-19, I was ...
June 5, 2020
Photo by Gustavo Quepón on Unsplash This year’s theme for World Environment Day is Time for Nature, and with COVID-19  many of us are now taking the time...
June 4, 2020
Sri Lanka is a fertile tropical island in the South Asian region. The country’s climate, the healthiness of soil, and the availability of water have made agri...

The Source Magazine

The latest from the International Water Association Magazine
June 08, 2020
Intel has set out a new strategy and goals for 2030 in its latest annual corporate sustainability report, with aims [...]
May 30, 2020
Digital technologies are reshaping the water sector, and the implications and opportunities around this are the focus of this year’s [...]
April 30, 2020
The Latin America and Caribbean region still faces significant gaps in water supply and sanitation provision. Kala Vairavamoorthy and Daniel [...]
April 30, 2020
A Brazilian initiative is developing the circular economy model for sewage treatment, using anaerobic technology in an approach that will [...]


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.

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.

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.
May 29, 2020
The digital transformation presents new business opportunities for the water sector. Listen as Rik Thijssen, Manager of Business Development at Vitens, gives hi...
May 26, 2020
One of the biggest concerns about the digital water transformation is privacy. How can utilities ensure that the customers data remains confidential? Who protec...
May 22, 2020
The Marselisborg Wastewater Treatment Plant is not the typical WWTP you expect. It’s an old facility that cleans the wastewater generated by about 200, 00...
May 14, 2020
The digitalisation of the water sector allows for improved management of water utilities as well as prompt communication with consumers. In her interview, Cecil...

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