Water and Sanitation Services

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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.

Tom Williams
Programmes Director

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 ...

Public Participation in the Regulation of Urban Wa...

In this project we look into the use of public participation within the decision making process of setting tariffs and p...

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 Policy and Regulation

Available and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all relies upon the collective action of interdependent...

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

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

May 22, 2018
I have been interested to read the IWA Principles for Water Wise Cities, designed to help leaders deliver safer water and sanitation through integrated plannin...
May 15, 2018
Decoupling of biogeochemical cycles: will we be able to face this challenge? Biogeochemical cycles comprise a sequence of events where chemicals or molecules mo...
Economies run on water. According to a study published by UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Programme, “78% of the jobs constituting the global workforce ...
April 9, 2018
The “new normal”, as anyone working in the water sector over the last few years knows, is a phrase that has become the mantra of an industry facing an uncer...

News / Events

June 18, 2018
Today, European wastewater treatment plants consume the equivalent of more than two power plants’ worth of energy every year as well as a considerable portion...
April 24, 2018
The digital economy, megacities, diffusion of innovation, disaster resilience and sustainability are the key focus of this years’ IWA World Water Congress...
March 22, 2018
Professors Bruce Rittmann and Mark van Loosdrecht, both prominent members of the International Water Association, have today been named the 2018 Stockholm Water...
March 19, 2018
ISME/IWA Bio Cluster Award Call for nominations now open The prestigious ISME/IWA Bio Cluster Award 2018 recognises the importance of interdisciplinary resea...
March 9, 2018
The world is going through major transitions affecting the way in which we manage water, particularly in cities. IWA has a global outreach and in the IWA Congre...
Development
January 18, 2018
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 consu...