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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Inclusive Sanitation

  Reshaping the global agenda on urban sanitation  ...

Climate Smart Utilities

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

Operation & Maintenance Network

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

Water Safety Planning

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

Regulating for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation

Rallying service providers and regulators for joint action...

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 ...

AquaRating

Water and wastewater companies are constantly challenged to deliver reliable, high quality, affordable, and sustainable ...

Innovators Platform

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

Water Policy and Regulation

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

Engage with the Digital Water Programme

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

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Climate Resilient Water Safety Planning to Improve...

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

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...

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...

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...

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

November 22, 2022
The Utility Leaders Forum (ULF) organised by IWA is an excellent platform for utility leaders to meet, expand their network and exchange knowledge among utility...
November 15, 2022
On World Toilet Day, the international community will assess its progress on providing sanitation to all. Unfortunately, while we’ve made significant advancem...
For most of world’s one billion low-income urban dwellers, water is undrinkable. Even when accessible municipal water is relatively safe, faecal bacteria cont...
November 11, 2022
I have travelled across multiple continents looking at (and using) toilets for my work with the SaniPath team.  Our team uses public health principles to under...

News / Events

November 30, 2022
As part of IWA’s mission to empower Young Water Professionals to contribute to sustainable water management, a new IWA Young Water Professionals (IWA YWP) cha...
November 17, 2022
The International Water Association (IWA) is marking UN World Toilet Day, held annually on 19 November to raise awareness of the 3.6 billion people living witho...
October 20, 2022
As part of IWA’s mission to empower Young Water Professionals to contribute to sustainable water management, a new IWA Young Water Professionals (IWA YWP) c...
October 13, 2022
IWA recently launched a new initiative on Inclusive Urban Sanitation which seeks to reshape the global urban sanitation agenda focusing on the need for an accel...