Water and Sanitation Services

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.

Pritha Hariram
Program Manager, Water and Sanitation Services

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Projects

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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 ...

Water Policy and Regulation

We often hear that the world faces a water crisis; what we hear less is that this is often a crisis of Public Policy an...

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...

Utility Creditworthiness

Based on the successful World Bank City creditworthiness initiative, IWA is working with Price Waterhouse Coopers on the...

Operation and Maintenance Network

Improving Knowledge Development and Transfer, to Improve Operation and Maintenance of Water and Sanitation Systems in Lo...

Water Safety Plan Implementation in Africa

Improving Drinking Water Quality and Safeguarding Public Health through Water Safety Plan Implementation Water Safety P...

Water and Wastewater Companies for Climate Mitigat...

Carbon and greenhouse gas emissions are driving climate change. Changes in our climate are changes in water, as these gr...

AquaRating

Comprehensive Rating System for Water and Wastewater Utilities Improving provision of water and sanitation services f...

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Monitoring for Safe Water

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

Women Professionals in Urban Water

Improving Service Delivery by Strengthening the Role of Female Water Professionals in Decision Making Human Resource Ca...

Capacity Building in Water Quality Monitoring and ...

  The IWA is currently working with other partners under a European Union – Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (EU-...

Human Resource Capacity Gaps Study

The progress many countries have made in the provision of safe water and adequate sanitation is at risk if we do not act...

Sustainable and Resilient Sanitation Service Chain...

Improving Sanitation Services to the Urban Poor through Risk Management Strategies The purpose of the project was to de...

Blog Posts

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January 11, 2017
The water sector finds itself facing unprecedented challenges. The World Economic Forum has placed water at the top of its global risks register, and few countr...
A lot has been said, agreed and done in 2016 towards achieving the new sustainable development agenda, and 2017 offers further opportunity for progress. The nex...
November 28, 2016
The water sector faces many challenges. None is greater, or with greater potential for impact, than achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6, on water and sanit...
November 18, 2016
The importance of ensuring everyone has access to sustainable clean water, safe sanitation, and is able to practice safe hygiene (or WASH as it is commonly know...

News / Events

January 18, 2017
The role of water and wastewater utilities is shifting from a primary focus on resource provision to leading and enabling resource stewardship. This transition ...
December 16, 2016
Drinking water accounts for about 18% of the total fresh water abstractions in the European Union (EU). Providing safe and reliable drinking water to over 508 m...
December 12, 2016
13 – 16 November 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina The International Water Association (IWA) and its main partner AySA Buenos Aires, supported by the Argentinian ...
November 25, 2016
TIME: 10:00 hrs CET (GMT +1:00) HOST: Robert Bos (WHO-Switzerland) and Carolina Latorre (IWA-Netherlands). PANELLIST: Gerard Payen (AquaFed-France), Helgard Mul...
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 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...
15 May - 19 May 2017 United States Of America/North Carolina
15 May 2017 12:00:00 19 May 2017 18:00:00 Europe/London IWA Health Related Water Microbiology Conference IWA Event North Carolina - United States Of America International Water Association contact@iwa.net
November 5, 2016
This report is now in it’s twelfth edition, and this year contains data from 40 countries and 170 cities. For the first time we have been able to gather data ...