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
Strategic Programmes & Engagement Director

Initiatives

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Climate Smart Utilities

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Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

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AquaRating

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Innovators Platform

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Water Policy and Regulation

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Engage with the Digital Water Programme

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Climate Resilient Water Safety Planning to Improve...

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

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Public Participation in the Regulation of Urban Wa...

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Urban Sanitation and Wastewater

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Improving Water Security for the Poor (REACH)

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Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

November 17, 2023
This World Toilet Day, we’re spotlighting innovative and unconventional solutions to accelerate change and achieve universal access to sustainable sanitation ...
October 26, 2023
The climate crisis demands urgent action across all sectors to reduce emissions and adapt to changing climatic conditions and sanitation is no exception. While ...
While the water supply and sanitation sector in Uganda has undergone significant, systemic changes over the last decade, the 2009 Tariff Policy no longer spoke ...
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News / Events

December 20, 2023
Last week saw the International Water Association reach a new landmark in the shape of its most successful Water Development Congress & Exhibition to date. ...
December 20, 2023
The International Water Association (IWA) is delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Inclusive Urban Sanitation Champions programme, revealed in Kiga...
December 10, 2023
The International Water Association (IWA) is delighted to present the final keynote speaker’s lineup for the Water and Development Congress & Exhibition i...