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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News

From the IWA network around the world.
July 31, 2020
Long Term Experience and Health Significance of Virus Detection in Wastewater Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) has recently gained global attention, since sc...
AfricaAgricultureDevelopment
July 31, 2020
Chataigne Djuma is a Young water Professional who joined IWA in 2017. She is currently the Secretary of the YWP Chapter in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cha...
Digitalisation
July 24, 2020
Zoran Kapelan is the Chair of Urban Water Infrastructure at the Delft University of Technology. He has 20 years of research relating to Digital Water. In this i...
July 24, 2020
COVID-19 has presented the world with unprecedented circumstances on many fronts. With many people working from home, with shops and other businesses closed, th...

Blog Posts

Opinion and insights on the critical challenges facing the water sector.
August 7, 2020
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a key technology which can make a positive difference in our world. In the journey towards the digitalisation of the water secto...
July 31, 2020
The first time I heard about the International Water Association (IWA) was from a friend in 2017. After a series of discussions, I found myself interested in th...
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 ...

The Source Magazine

The latest from the International Water Association Magazine
July 29, 2020
A review by the United Nations University Institute for Water and Health offers guidance on the role of water in [...]
July 29, 2020
The IWA COVID-19 Task Force has launched a survey to gather the experiences of utilities during the pandemic to help [...]
July 29, 2020
The United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) has released a report on the links between water [...]
July 29, 2020
The WHO/UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (UN-GLAAS) initiative has issued a report on hygiene with findings [...]

Agendas

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.
Perth

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.

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.

Careers

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.
AfricaAgricultureDevelopment
July 31, 2020
Chataigne Djuma is a Young water Professional who joined IWA in 2017. She is currently the Secretary of the YWP Chapter in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cha...
Digitalisation
July 24, 2020
Zoran Kapelan is the Chair of Urban Water Infrastructure at the Delft University of Technology. He has 20 years of research relating to Digital Water. In this i...
Digitalisation
July 1, 2020
Open Source refers to software that is free to use for the public. It allows for the quick implementation/adoption of new technologies as well as encourages col...
Digitalisation
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...

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