December 2, 2022

Bilbao hosts International Water Association’s first Digital Water Summit

Bilbao País Vasco Euskadi 14-09-2013 La ría, la pasarela Calatrava o puente Zubizuri y las Torres Isozaki © FOTOGRAFO: MITXI

2 December 2022, Bilbao, Spain

The Spanish city of Bilbao has hosted the first edition of the International Water Association’s Digital Water Summit, bringing together participants from around the world to share insights into the opportunities for greater and more rapid deployment of digital technologies in the water sector.

The Summit, which has been running from 30 November to 2 December, builds on IWA’s established Digital Water Programme and focused on connecting water utility end users with digital innovators and solutions providers.

Co-organised with local water utility Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia and AEAS – the Spanish Water and Wastewater Association – the aim of the Summit has been to support the sector on its ‘digital transformation journey’.

The Summit explored key questions, such as: What is digital water? What is the difference between digital water and digitalisation? How can we make the water industry more digitally aware? Held at Bilbao’s Euskalduna Conference Centre, the event featured keynote and technical presentations, InnoHub presentations and exhibits on commercial solutions, and interactive sessions in which participants were able to engage in the debate around the digital journey.

Oliver Grievson, Chair of IWA’s Digital Water Programme, reflecting on the importance of digital water today, commented during the event: “We can’t achieve Net Zero without digital tools, without measuring to manage. Digital water is an integral part of how we address current challenges such as climate change.”

The event highlighted the potential for digital water and digitalisation to help tackle a wide range of issues in the water sector worldwide. See for more details.


About IWA’s Digital Water Programme

The International Water Association’s Digital Water Programme aims to act as a catalyst for innovation, knowledge and best practices around digitalisation for the water industry and to provide a platform to share experiences. It also aims to promote leadership in transitioning to digital water solutions and to consolidate lessons to guide the natural evolution from the ‘business as usual’ to becoming a digital water utility.

The Programme is driven by end users (e.g., utilities, regulators) as well as solution providers (e.g., technology companies, software companies, researchers, academia) at the forefront of emerging technologies that aim to deliver solutions to improve the provision of water and wastewater services.

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Benedetta Sala

Communications & Advocacy Specialist
Benedetta joined IWA in 2021 and is currently supporting the communications team as Communications & Advocacy Specialist (Consultant). She is responsible for the daily management of external relations and communications at IWA, including press, s... Read full biography