IWA Awards

Inspiring Change through Innovation & Leadership

IWA is committed to recognising the special contributions and achievements of its members and water sector professionals, and the invaluable contribution they make to key innovations in water science and management. 

The IWA Awards recognise the broad range of excellence, leadership and innovation, which IWA members and network participants bring to both our Association, and the industry at large, and exist to encourage the continued role of innovation in contributing to the sustainable management of water. As such they are an important element of IWAs theory of change articulated in our Strategic Plan.

IWA Awards aim to become a vehicle through which IWA encourages and rewards innovation and sets international benchmarks for innovative thinking, and application of solutions for wise water management and practice.

Congratulations to all our IWA Award Winners!

Winner of 2016 IWA Women in Water Award

The IWA Women in Water award acknowledges and celebrates leadership of women in the field of water. Through this award, IWA seeks to recognise females working in the field of water who through their demonstrated leadership have had a significant positive impact on the development of the industry.

Winners of the 2016 IWA Project Innovation Awards

In keeping with IWA’s vision of “Towards a world in which water is wisely managed to satisfy the needs of human activities and ecosystems in an equitable and sustainable way”, IWA runs the Project Innovation Awards (PIA) Programme to recognise excellence…

Winner of the 2016 IWA Young Leadership Award:

The IWA Young Leadership Award is granted to an exceptional water professional under the age of 35 years who has demonstrated significant achievements in their career to date and who signify outstanding leadership potential and the ability…

IWA’s Recognition Awards Programme

For 2016, IWA’s Recognition Awards Programme will be rolled out and awards presented at the World Water Congress & Exhibition in Brisbane. IWA’s members make significant contributions both to the IWA and to water management worldwide. These awards recognise the achievements of IWA’s members. 


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December 16, 2016
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December 5, 2016
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October 13, 2016
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