International Water Association

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International Water Association (IWA)
Founded 1999
Type Professional Association
Focus Sustainable Water Management
  • London, United Kingdom
Origins IWSA, IAWQ
Area served
World wide
Method Conferences, Publications, Interest Groups, Task Forces, Forums

The International Water Association (IWA) is a self-governing non-profit organization which aims to cover all facets of the water cycle. The body is headquartered in London, with a global secretariat based in The Hague and offices in Beijing, Bucharest, Nairobi, Singapore and Washington DC.

The group's mission is to serve as a worldwide network for water professionals and to advancing standards and best practices in sustainable water management. The association has four member types: individual, student, corporate, and governing members. There are about 10,000 individual and 500 corporate members, with governing members in approximately 80 countries.

IWA hosts annually more than 40 specialist conferences and workshops on various aspects of water management. The next IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition will take place in Lisbon, Portugal in 2014. Annual events co-ordinated by the IWA include World Water Monitoring Day, which aims to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world.

IWA has its roots in the International Water Supply Association (IWSA), established in 1947, and the International Water Quality Association (IAWQ), which originally formed as the International Association for Water Pollution Research in 1965. The two groups merged in 1999 to form IWA.

IWA Publishing, the wholly owned subsidiary of the International Water Association (IWA), provides information services on all aspects of water, wastewater and related environmental fields.

The publishing programme includes Water21 (the IWA membership magazine) and a broad range of journals, books, research reports, manuals of best practice, and online services.

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