Task Groups

Task groups are formed to further our understanding of the solutions available to address global water challenges. They perform a defined task over a specific period of time. This includes the production of IWA Scientific and Technical Reports, Manuals of Best Practice and Position Papers that influence policy and regulation. Participation in a Task Group is by invitation.

Task Groups cross the traditional boundaries between water science and practice, building upon the strengths of both to exploit opportunities to find solutions for complex water challenges. These solutions include exploring new technologies, and changing the way we approach water, wastewater and sanitation challenges. Water professionals wanting to address these issues will benefit from the support they receive by being a member of the IWA.

COVID-19 Task Force

The Covid-19 pandemic is prompting questions for the water supply and sanitation sector globally. The speed and extent of the spread of the pandemic means that answers to these questions are needed quickly. While operators provide their services within a national context, scientific and operational concerns and insights are relevant across borders.

The International Water Association is convening a Task Force (TF) from amongst its membership, to provide the sector with an authoritative reference point regarding both the relevant science and operational matters.

The Specialist Group on Sanitation and Water Management in Developing Countries has started to engage intensively with the topic of decentralised versus centralised sanitation and wastewater management …

A new task group is being established to enhance our understanding and representation of physicochemical processes. These reactions occur naturally in aquatic environments, without the need for a microbial mediator.

The same land-use activities that create diffuse pollution also adversely affect the quantity of water, for example, rapid runoff (loss of water) in storm events causing flooding, then drier periods following the rain.

For wetland technology to be accessible and its principles and mechanics understood by Water Professionals around the world, a targeted and concise dissemination strategy is needed. The Task Group (TG) was set-up by…

The main motivation for the initiation of the Membrane Bioreactor Modelling and Control Task Group (TG) is to lead the research community towards standardized criteria to model MBR systems.

In many world regions Intermittent Water Supply (IWS) systems are prevalent. IWS systems can be defined as piped water supply service that is available to consumers less than 24 hours per day. In an IWS situ…

Today’s water utilities around the world are facing increasing pressures to improve their operational efficiencies. While many realize that they cannot do it all alone, they are also wary about how to contract out outside help.

The use of water quality and process models for minimizing wastewater utility greenhouse gas footprints is a newly established group. Two things are remarkable about this TG. Firstly, it is a jointly formed task …

“The IWA will support and promote the Sustainable Development Goals and strengthen the sector through professional and capacity development to that people and countries can pursue their ambitions in relation to water-related SDG’s”