International Water Association

Unpacking “public participation”

By Miharu Hirano* A few years ago I saw the CEO of an Australian water utility talk about managing water supply in a period of...

Building a roadmap for a smart city

By Jedrzej Bylka* Few people will remember 1936 as a year of transformational change for water management, yet it marked a departure point from the traditional...

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...

Fixing institutions won’t fix the pipes

It's time for development finance -- from below By Arjun Thapan* Purity of intent has never been at a discount in development finance institutions (DFIs). Most of us who...

Advance the New Normal, exploring water-energy-waste partnerships

Suvritha Ramphal, IWA Emerging Water Leader & Programme Officer Royal Danish Embassy South Africa The “new normal”, as anyone working in the water sector over...

Why efficiency programmes are the best strategy for water security

By Mary Ann Dickinson The world is watching with sympathetic alarm as Cape Town’s water crisis deepens. As of 1 February 2018, fewer than 100 days...

Replicating success, Dakar’s urban water governance

By Lisa Andrews* I recently worked on developing the Dakar City Water Story as part of the IWA’s Cities of the Future Programme. Learning about Dakar’s well-established urban...

Why cities need to utilise their surrounding landscapes

By Kristina Hill* Suppose you woke up to discover a deep disturbance to the space/time continuum. Authorities have given 20 to 30 years before relocating you, and...

Why measure? Introducing the Water Indicator Application

By Paola Espinoza, Raul Glotzbach, and Katherine Cross Our daily life is full of indicators: from GDP providing an indication of economic health, to grades...

Water security requires the removal of subsidies

By Stella Thomas* Shrouded in an abaya, my first sight of Saudi Arabia in 2009 revealed desert extravagance. From the sands sprouted a flourishing garden...

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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...

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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...