World Water Day 2017 – Wastewater

International Water Resources Association Wastewater

Target Audience

IWA Members interested on Wastewater & sanitation issues. Leading academics and policy specialists


World Water Day is celebrated every year on March 22. It is a day to focus attention on the key importance of our planet’s freshwater resources and to push for greater recognition of their sustainable management. Each year’s theme is proposed by UN-Water and is part of a broader campaign that highlights the complex role of water in our daily lives. World Water Day is a crucial opportunity to reflect and act.

Learning Objectives

– Launch of the 2017 World Water Development Report (WWDR) on ‘Wastewater: The untapped resource’, highlighting the linkages between wastewater and industry
– Understanding the urban-rural relationship in water reuse for irrigated agriculture
– Emerging threats posed by pharmaceuticals wastes and pollutants in the aquatic environment
– Water utilities’ role in managing wastewater
– Release of an upcoming OECD report on policy solutions to diffuse pollution sources in wastewater


  • Pritha Hariram IWA Manager Water Supply & Sanitation Services
  • Gabriel Eckstein Professor, Law Department, Texas A&M University
  • Matthijs Wessels Junior Member, Scientific Programme Committee, World Water Week 2017
  • Hannah Leckie Policy Analyst, Water Team, OECD
  • John Payne Consultant, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, World Water Development Report