Water and Sanitation Services

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Lack of safe and reliable water supply affects more than 800 million people worldwide; over 2.5 billion people lack adequate sanitation services. Globally, this has a major negative impact on human health, environmental sustainability and on economic development. Rapid population growth, urbanisation, climate change, pollution and inadequate financing, present unprecedented challenges to the provision of water and sanitation services.

Improving and managing universal services of water and sanitation in a holistic manner is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and addressing the needs of millions of people around the world. To do so, it must take into account social, economic and environmental factors, while adapting to climate change risks to ensure the resilience of water and sanitation systems.

Partnering with water utilities, national and international institutions, the IWA Water and Sanitation Services programme works to ensure the safe, reliable, equitable and efficient supply and service delivery of water and sanitation. We do this through innovative pilot projects, international frameworks, and advocacy to improve regulation and policy, including the implementation of Water Safety Plans and Sanitation Safety Plans.

 

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Daniela Bemfica
Director of Strategic Programmes & Engagement

Initiatives

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Regulating for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation

Rallying service providers and regulators for joint action...

Water Safety Planning

Humanity cannot thrive and survive without water. Cities cannot function without water. A simple, but powerful reality. ...

Industry leaders chart the transformation journey

The Digital Water Report kicks-off the knowledge sharing and generation in the IWA Digital Water Programme. The Prog...

Climate Smart Water Utilities

Resilience needs to be built and coordinated at the basin, city and utility level to ensure adaptation measures for wate...

Climate Resilient Water Safety Planning to Improve...

Preventative management and planning approaches, such as Water Safety Plans (WSPs), provides a simple robust framework f...

Innovators Platform

Bridging the chasm to get disruptive innovations in the water sector...

Operation & Maintenance Network

The Operation and Maintenance Network aims to contribute to the sustainability of water and wastewater services, and thr...

Engage with the Digital Water Programme

The Digital Water Programme will help facilitate the journey of the water industry towards digital uptake and integratio...

Performance-Based Contracts for Non-Revenue Water ...

The financial viability and operational performance of water utilities is heavily affected by excessive levels of non-re...

Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

Since the recognition, in 2010, of access to safe drinking water and sanitation as Human Rights by the Member States of ...

Public Participation in the Regulation of Urban Wa...

In this project we look into the use of public participation within the decision making process of setting tariffs and p...

Urban Sanitation and Wastewater

Today, around 80% of all wastewater is discharged into the world’s waterways every day, where it creates health, envir...

Water Policy and Regulation

Available and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all relies upon the collective action of interdependent...

Improving Water Security for the Poor (REACH)

REACH is a new global research programme to improve water security for the poor by delivering world-class science that t...

Water and Wastewater Companies for Climate Mitigat...

Carbon and greenhouse gas emissions are driving climate change. Changes in our climate are changes in water, as these gr...

AquaRating

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Monitoring for Safe Water

Improving Knowledge and Practices for Microbial Water Quality Testing in Africa Why doesn’t water quality testing mee...

Water Safety Plan Implementation in Africa

Improving Drinking Water Quality and Safeguarding Public Health through Water Safety Plan Implementation Water Safety P...

Women Professionals in Urban Water

Improving Service Delivery by Strengthening the Role of Female Water Professionals in Decision Making Human Resource Ca...

Capacity Building in Water Quality Monitoring and ...

  The IWA is currently working with other partners under a European Union – Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (EU-...

Human Resource Capacity Gaps Study

The progress many countries have made in the provision of safe water and adequate sanitation is at risk if we do not act...

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

November 18, 2021
Despite recent progress, we’re still facing a global sanitation crisis. According to WHO/UNICEF currently almost half of the global population (46%) still doe...
October 14, 2021
To mark Global Handwashing Day on 15 October, Léo Heller, former UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, writes about the human righ...
August 19, 2021
The latest IWA YWP Get-Together held on 28 July 2021 focused on the Next Generation Water Action initiative brought by DTU. During this event, IWA discussed abo...
August 12, 2021
Nature often acts as a as a conduit for untreated sewage into water bodies, wetlands, or the sea. However, a planned approach using nature-based solutions (NBS)...

News / Events

October 19, 2021
The Regulating for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation Call to Action is now available in Czech and Portuguese. For more information, please visit the CWIS project pa...
September 2, 2021
This month IWA’s Daniela Bemfica, Director of Strategic Programmes and Engagement, spoke to the Innovation News Network about IWA’s work and why it is c...
August 12, 2021
There are 2.4 billion people without improved sanitation and another 2.1 billion with inadequate sanitation (i.e. wastewater drains directly into surface waters...
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July 6, 2021
Meet the team of expert panellists taking part in a high-level water policy panel on the future of regulation & water policy for climate mitigation and adap...
June 14, 2021
Each year, the European Development Days (EDDs) bring the development community together to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships a...