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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
Program Manager, Water and Sanitation Services

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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

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

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

Balneário Camboriú is both a famous Brazilian beach destination and a water supply management puzzle. The population of the city is just 170,000 year-round bu...
March 23, 2017
In Western Europe the first signs of spring are appearing. Longer daylight hours and warming air temperatures are encouraging flowers, as well as humans, to eme...
March 22, 2017
Never before has water been so high on the global political agenda; never before has water expertise been in such high demand. This presents a golden opportunit...
March 22, 2017
As we mark the international year of Wastewater this World Water Day, I’m taken back to my childhood crossing the Adayar Bridge in Chennai, India, in an air-c...

News / Events

Environment
March 22, 2017
Moving towards a sustainable circular economy requires us to rethink the role and reuse of wastewater, greywater and fecal sludge. Sanitation Safety Planning (S...
March 21, 2017
Sanitation Safety Planning is a step-by-step risk based approach to assist in the implementation of the 2006 WHO Guidelines for Safe Use of Wastewater, Excreta ...
HealthSociety
March 17, 2017
Since the recognition, in 2010, of access to safe drinking water and sanitation as Human Rights by the Member States of the United Nations, important progress h...
March 2, 2017
Water Safety Plans (WSPs) are used by water utilities and their stakeholders as a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach from catchment to c...
Urbanisation
February 7, 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 ...
Industry
January 26, 2017
The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition is a big and complex event that involves dozens of partners and two years of preparation. Every two years a new ci...
January 24, 2017
The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), was the global event for water professionals covering the full water cycle in 2...
EnvironmentSociety
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 ...