International Water Association

H2O minus CO2: How mitigation and money savings are driving emissions-free desalination

By Bill Hinchberger* Consider the catch-22 for Pacific islanders. They lack sufficient freshwater to meet growing demand. While desalination could boost supply, each plant’s energy-intensive...

Refill the hidden tank: The benefits of managing the recharge of aquifers

By Michael Campana When I was eight, wandering my suburban Long Island, New York neighbourhood, I noticed large areas surrounded by chain-link fences with culverts...

Decoding the DNA of wastewater

Per Nielsen’s research is unlocking the identity of microbial life in activated sludge and shows that understanding the functions of different bacteria can greatly optimise the...

High and dry: How legalisation of cannabis is impacting local water security

Beyond the arguments over medical benefits, cash crops, and cross-border ‘drug wars’, Montgomery Simus explains how the global footprint of cannabis trafficking is rapidly diversifying, complicating the...

An untapped resource: why the industry must target female professionals

According to new research by the International Water Association, the shortage of skilled labour in water can be addressed by a more diverse policy of...

The rise of female networks

From African wells to Silicon Valley workshops, female networks are mobilising to solve urgent water problems by sharing knowledge, opening doors, mentoring youth, raising money, and...

How the private sector is redefining the role of the water professional

Beyond traditional career paths in government, academia or NGOs, a new field is opening up in response to escalating exposure to water risks. The private...

There’s an app for that

Led by private, non-profit, and academic partners, water professionals have begun tapping into the power and potential of ‘gamification’ to engage customers, conserve resources, and restore a...

Games about frontiers: Building skills to negotiate the politics of water

Virtual and role-playing games build real skills to negotiate the high-stakes politics of water. By James Workman In the summer of 2000 at Stockholm Water Week, a half dozen...

How to plug the gap in water investments

The World Bank estimates that around US$114 billion per year is required globally to reach the Sustainable Development Goals related to water and sanitation, yet the...

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China’s sustainable Concept wastewater treatment plant progress

An expert committee has led development of an advanced sustainable wastewater treatment plant concept. Han-Qing Yu, Hongchen Wang and Jun Chen report on progress,...

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DNA test to support global atlas of freshwater life

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and NatureMetrics are to work in partnership to create a global atlas assessing the state of...