International Water Association

The water call for climate action

The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated global attention – and rightly so. In this, the water sector has played its part, adapting at speed to...

A wake-up call on biodiversity

The latest edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO) should provide a wake-up call about our alarming trajectory. One is certainly needed. The past 10...

Learning the lessons of COVID-19

The Editorial in the previous issue focused on how the message of the importance of handwashing in helping check COVID-19 was resonating around the...

Handwashing in the time of coronavirus

‘Frequent and proper hand hygiene is one of the most important measures that can be used to prevent infection with the Covid-19 virus.’ So...

Re-plumbing the water system

With the COP25 meeting in Madrid done, the world needs as much as ever action on how to deliver real progress on climate change....

What leaks reveal

By James Workman Government and business are increasingly obsessed with information leaks. The tech company Apple fears leaks about products and labour practices have damaged its...

How cities translate water’s language

By James Workman ''Well-designed ancient Incan water systems may help modern Lima cope with climate change'' Buenos Aires, Lima, São Paulo, Bogotá, Caracas. Latin America is...

Water’s resource resurrection

By James Workman Large herds of East African wildlife have little in common with urban sewage, until their immersion in water. In both cases, that medium...

Why rights unlock resilience

Water security owes less to any chosen technology than to the forces behind it. Substitute ‘dams’ with ‘desalination plants,’ ‘groundwater banks,’ ‘rainwater harvesting,’ ‘water...

The problem with experts

The International Water Association (IWA) hosts forty-nine ‘specialist groups’ through which exceptional researchers and practitioners generate cutting edge solutions. The organisation -as demonstrated throughout this magazine – seeks out...

FEATURED STORY

Fouling and scaling in seawater reverse osmosis desalination

Desalination of seawater with reverse osmosis has grown rapidly. Sergio Salinas looks at tools to address the ongoing challenge of membrane fouling.   Water use has...

NEWS

Banks provide update on SDG contributions

The first joint report on the contributions of the 11 multilateral development banks (MDBs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been released, emphasising...