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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.

Pritha Hariram
Programme Manager, Water & Sanitation Services

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Projects

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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...

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

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

High levels of water losses in distribution systems (both real and apparent losses) continue to burden water companies and customers around the world: water los...
August 8, 2017
Wastewater treatment consumes large amounts of energy. At the same time, energy, nutrients and other valuable materials can be recovered from wastewater, recycl...
July 24, 2017
When is a water system smart? At a minimum, if it produces an acceptable product while minimizing energy and other resource requirements. It’s a system that s...
July 20, 2017
As a young wastewater engineer at the Water Supply and Sewerage Company in Korça, the largest city in South-Eastern Albania, I was given my first real opportun...

News / Events

27 May - 31 May 2018 China/Nanjing
27 May 2018 12:00:00 31 May 2018 18:00:00 Europe/London LET 2018 – The15th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies IWA Event Nanjing - China International Water Association contact@iwa.net
August 11, 2017
The impacts of climate change pose an increasing burden to how drinking water and wastewater utilities maintain the security of their supply and the operational...
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...
Society
June 27, 2017
What skillset for water-wise cities? from IWA on Vimeo. Director of ForEvaSolutions and a pioneer for integrated urban water management, Carol Howe argues that ...
June 21, 2017
To understand progress on Water Safety Plans (WSP) to date and to inform the future WSP support agenda, WHO and the International Water Association have underta...
Climate changeSociety
June 19, 2017
The current drought ravaging parts of Eastern Africa and the subsequent famine triggered largely by failed rains is enough proof that water indeed is life. The ...
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...
April 17, 2017
Thought-provoking contributions Deadline: 12th of June 2017 IWA’s Water and Development Congress series aims to catalyse transformational change and support ...