Specialist Groups

IWA Specialist Groups cover a wide range of subjects and are one of the main mechanisms for like- minded IWA members to network and share knowledge. They form important engines for scientific and technical content development that drives innovations in the water sector. Spread across IWA’s membership in more than 140 countries, they are an effective means of international networking, sharing information and skills, and making professional and business contacts.

Given the evolution of the sector towards higher complexity and inter-connectivity, Specialist Groups have become more inter-dependent to facilitate collaboration. Specialist Groups have their own programme of conferences and other meetings, and regular newsletters. Specialist Groups are supported by on-line tools, facilitating interaction amongst individual members and creating opportunities to generate ideas and pursue partnerships

Drinking Water Systems

Design, Operation and Maintenance of Drinking Water Treatment Plants
Intermittent Water Supply
Water in Ancient Civilizations (Joint IWA/IWHA)
Water Loss
Water Safety Planning

Basins and Water Resources

Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication

Groundwater Management

Lake and Reservoir Management

Marine Outfall Systems (Joint IWA/IAHR)

Sustainability in the Water Sector

Tastes, Odours, and Algal Toxins in Drinking Water Resources and Aquaculture

Watershed and River Basin Management

Sustainable Coastal and Estuarine Development

Industrial Water and Wastewater

Chemical Industries

Forest Industry

Pretreatment of Industrial Wastewaters

Information and Communications Technology

Hydroinformatics (Joint IWA/IAHR/IAHS)

Instrumentation, Control and Automation

Modelling and Integrated Assessment

Resource Recovery and Reuse

Nutrient Removal and Recovery

Resources Oriented Sanitation

Water Reuse

Treatment Technologies

Advanced Oxidation Processes
Anaerobic Digestion
Metals and Related Substances in Drinking Water
Membrane Technology
Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering
Nano and Water – Application of Nanoparticles, Nanoengineered Materials and Nanotechnology
Particle Separation
Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control

Urban Water Management

Efficient Urban Water Management
Odours and Volatile Emissions
Rainwater Harvesting & Management
Urban Drainage (Joint IWA/IAHR)
Water Security and Safety Management

Wastewater Systems

Design, Operation and Costs of Large Wastewater Treatment Plants
Sludge Management
Small Water and Wastewater Systems
Wastewater Pond Technology

Water and Health

Assessment and Control of Hazardous Substances in Water
Health Related Water Microbiology
Non-Sewered Sanitation
Sanitation and Water Management in Developing Countries

Water Governance, Regulation and Utility Management

Benchmarking and Performance Assessment
Environmental Engineering Education
Institutional Governance and Regulation
Public and Customer Communications
Statistics and Economics
Strategic Asset Management

Contact person
Samuela Guida
Samuela Guida
Strategic Programmes and Engagement Manager - Strategic Programmes and Engagement samuela.guida [a] iwahq.org
Rachna Sarkari
Rachna Sarkari
Membership Engagement Officer (Specialist Groups) - Strategic Programmes & Engagement rachna.sarkari [a] iwahq.org

Check the complete list of IWA Specialist Groups you can download below and join those you are interested in on IWA Connect Plus.