Health

Health

1.5% of the global disease burden is attributed to inadequate water, sanitation and hand hygiene practices.

Water, both quality and quantity, and sanitation are critical for human health and promoting wellbeing. Currently, over 800 million people lack access to safe and reliable water, while over 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation. Every year millions of people die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Despite improvements in access over recent decades, universal access to clean water and sanitation remains a huge challenge. Emerging contaminants, from domestic, industrial and agricultural sources require vigilance and appropriate responses.

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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 ...

Urban Sanitation and Wastewater

Today, around 80% of all wastewater is discharged into the world’s waterways every day, where it creates health, envir...

Water-Wise Cities

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

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...

Monitoring for Safe Water

Improving Knowledge and Practices for Microbial Water Quality Testing in Africa Why doesn’t water quality testing mee...

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

January 12, 2018
Here are the top 5 most read blogs of 2017. If you want to submit a blog for consideration in 2018, contact us. 1. Desalination – Past, Present and Future...
Read this story in English A Assembleia Geral das Nações Unidas (UNGA) reconheceu o acesso à água potável e ao saneamento como direito humano em 2010; em 2...
Read this story in Portuguese The United  Nations General Assembly (UNGA) recognized access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a human right in 2010; in ...
November 14, 2017
In Chile, approximately 1,700 community organisations supply water to 13 percent of the Chilean population in rural areas. They are non-profit organizations tha...

News / Events

July 24, 2017
Contribute to a better water future with your work The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018 Programme Committee  is looking for contributions under...
May 17, 2017
The 14th Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies (LET2017), organised by the International Water Association, is taking place in Florianóp...
06 Apr - 07 Apr 2017 Netherlands/Amsterdam
6 Apr 2017 12:00:00 7 Apr 2017 18:00:00 Europe/London Pan-European Symposium on Water and Sanitation Safety Planning and Extreme Weather Events – Supported IWA Event Amsterdam - Netherlands International Water Association contact@iwa.net
November 14, 2016
2030 timeline to solve all major water challenges Solving global water challenges is now recognised as one of the top priorities for humankind. The recently ad...