Towards a world in which water is wisely managed to satisfy the needs of human activities
and ecosystems in an equitable and sustainable way.
To inspire change and service IWA members, the community of professionals concerned with water, external organisation and opinion leaders in being the international reference and global source of knowledge, experience and leadership for sustainable urban and basin-related water solutions.
Connecting People: We bring people of the highest caliber together to share knowledge, experience and know- how about the most pressing water challenges and innovative solutions.
Pioneering Science: We contribute to water science and technology by stimulating leading edge science and inventions, and helping scientists connect to their peers, publish their latest findings and help others learn with them.
Innovating Technology: We offer support and recognition to innovators in the world of water as technological innovations are key to changing the future of water.
Leading Practice: We develop and promote best practices and international frameworks and standards, supporting transitions to sustainable practices.
Inclusive: we are inclusive and embrace the diversity of our membership and participants, bringing together people from around the world and from a wide range of professions who are concerned with the future of water.
Science & Practice-Based: we are scienceand practice-based, exploring the frontiers of science, technology and practice and bringing to life leadingedge, pragmatic and innovative solutions for urban and basin-wide water and sanitation challenges.
Service Oriented: we provide outstanding services that support and inspire our members, participants, partners and others and help them to be successful in realizing our common goals.
Excellence: we look for and promote excellence and leadership in all aspects of water management, in conducting our activities and delivering results.
This is how we inspire change to achieve our common vision.
Our Strategic Plan 2014-2018 sets out the objectives that we have set out for the coming few years. Check our Governance page.
Governance and Management
The Board of Directors has the overall responsibility for the corporate governance of the Association, including its strategic direction, the review of the plans established by the management team, the monitoring of performance against those plans and the establishment and implementation of policies and internal controls. The Board of Directors also selects the Executive Director. The Board of Directors is made up of the Association’s Officers (President and two Vice-Presidents), Treasurer, (Immediate) Past President, Executive Director and other office holders.
The Strategic Council is intended to provide guidance to the Board of Directors and the Governing Assembly in the strategic direction of the Association, and to assist in the development and coordination of member activities within the Association.The Strategic Council is made up of representatives from the Specialist Groups, Interest Groups (utilities, researchers, consultants, equipment manufacurers) and developing countries. The council is partially renewed every two-years.