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.
January 9, 2020
The new and unique space for water and wastewater utilities to embrace digital solutions   Bilbao, Spain – The International Water Association is organi...
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...
December 20, 2019
IWA Vice President, Enrique Cabrera, is a member of the IWA Digital Water Programme Committee. In the upcoming Digital Water Summit, held in Bilbao Spain from 2...
December 20, 2019
Valerie Naidoo is the Executive Manager of Business Development and Innovations at the Water Research Commission in South Africa. She gave a keynote address on ...

Latest Blog Posts

Latest opinion and insights on the critical challenges facing the water sector.
December 20, 2019
IWA has published 45 blogs throughout 2019 and they have altogether garnered an impressive 25K views. We are grateful for the contributions from our bloggers an...
December 17, 2019
World Water Camp 2020 is a week of unique educational experiences for a group of 50 students from around the world. Life as we know it today, could not have dev...
December 16, 2019
After many years of attending IWA events, my involvement at IWA’s 6th Water and Development Congress in Colombo, Sri Lanka  two weeks ago took a differen...
The urbanisation trend is an undeniable fact worldwide in large and small cities all over the globe. Water supply and sanitation are two of the most fundamental...


Specialised conferences, forums and seminars on a the key issues in water management in locations worldwide.


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.


Since a cloudburst in the summer of 2014 and many more severe cloudbursts since then in other regions of the Netherlands, the urgency for a way to adapt this buzzing international city grew.

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.

“From Drips and Drops to Bits and Bytes”: The digitization of water and impacts on utilities.

  With a strong focus on sustainability, Rebekah Eggers from IBM has 20 years of practical experience helping utilities that are striving to enable resiliency, and vibrancy add a layer of digital intelligence to their infrastructure. During her keynote, she discusses the underlying data science and technology constructs that are being leveraged to bridge the physical/digital divide and the resulting opportunities and risks to the water and sanitation sector now and into the future.


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. By sharing their Water Career Stories, the IWA water professionals want to contribute towards a water workforce that is adequate in size and competencies. Contributing towards a world in which water is wisely managed to satisfy the needs of human activities and ecosystems in an equitable and sustainable way, the IWA mission. Join the group: Water Career Development.

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