International Water Association

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International Water Association (IWA)
Founded 1999
Type Professional association
Focus Sustainable water management
Origins IWSA, IAWQ
Area served
Method Conferences, publications, interest groups, task forces, forums

The International Water Association (IWA) is a self-governing non-profit organization that 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 advance 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 annually hosts more than 40 specialist conferences and workshops on various aspects of water management. 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 Association on Water Quality (IAWQ), which originally formed as the International Association for Water Pollution Research in 1965. The two groups merged in 1999 to form IWA.


There are five programs at IWA: Basins of the future; Cities of the future; Urban sanitation; Water, climate and energy and Water supply services.


AquaRating [1] is the world's first rating agency for the water sector.[2] The agency has been jointly developed by the Inter-American Development Bank and the IWA. The rating system has already been piloted in thirteen utilities in nine countries in Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. A worldwide market introduction is planned during 2015.


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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