International Water Association

Unlocking and financing climate-resilient, low-carbon emerging cities

By Tom Williams* Rapid urbanisation is one of the greatest demographic shifts humanity has ever experienced, with the biggest impacts being felt by cities in...

Developing pathways to water-wise cities

By Tom Williams* Two years ago, humanity passed a critical threshold. For the first time in human history more people lived in cities and urban...

Records can be broken: Lessons from the Millennium Drought

Australia has a long history of frequent droughts and consequently, much of its water management has been geared to coping with drought and its...

Making the human rights to water and sanitation a reality

The IWA has developed a manual for practitioners to explain what service providers, municipalities and other sector professionals need to do in order to realise...

Maximising potential for healthy rivers and low-carbon energy

By Michelle Lakly* As the global population climbs toward 9 billion, rivers will experience tremendous pressure. To provide the necessary resources for our growing communities, more...

How big is the distributed energy opportunity for water and wastewater utilities?

By Steven Kenway* Energy costs for water utilities are large, and growing Energy is a significant cost for many water utilities, and costs are growing as...

How to endure drought: a multi-faceted response

By Sarah Ann Wheeler* How best should water professionals confront scarcity? Professional backgrounds tend to predetermine one answer and often seek a silver bullet as the solution. Engineers...

The balance of ancient and codified rights

By Shane Allen* I grew up on a dairy farm in New Zealand at the foot of Mount Tarawera. My father used to take me...

Too many indicators make monitoring murky

By SungBong Lee, Tamara Avéllan, and Sabrina Julie Kirschke* Good water quality is essential for human well-being and for maintaining a healthy environment with high...

It is time to listen to emerging water leaders

In September 2015 world leaders adopted an ambitious and challenging agenda for sustainable development: 17 goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030...

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...