IAWD - International Association of Water Service Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area

The Danube region is rich in nations, languages, culture and history. Separated for decades in the western and eastern block it has been reunited in 1989 due to the fall of the iron curtain. Despite the political separation the eponymous river Danube has always created a transboundary bond between the countries.

Established in 1993, IAWD has built a strong network of cooperation in the region’s water sector, which goes beyond national, cultural and linguistic borders. IAWD supports the utilities directly and through its partners, the national water utility associations, to secure the water quality of the Danube and its tributaries, to make the utility services sustainable, to represent the utilities’ interests and be an established and attractive platform for donors covering the entire region.

IAWD is aware that only joint action, joint standards and universally binding regulations will safeguard the quality of water resources in the Danube region. It is therefore IAWD’s common concern to show solidarity in managing water services and ensuring their high quality.

IAWD invites you to become a member and to participate IAWD’s programs and activities to create a strong voice for improving water services and utility operation in the Danube region: The Voice of the Danube 


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Our Vision

Safe, reliable and affordable access to water services for all in the Danube region, because improving water services improves lives.

Our Mission

Aware of the importance of information, communication and cooperation in the water service sector, we act as the Voice of the Danube, strengthening our members in delivering sustainable water services through cooperation, capacity development and knowledge exchange. 

Who We Are

IAWD is the International Association of Water Service Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area. We are an independent, non-profit organization of water and wastewater utilities, national water utility associations and other stakeholders engaging in the provision of safe and reliable water services for over 80 million people living in the Danube region. Join the Voice of the Danube community and support building a safe water future for the Danube region.

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Our Strategic Approach

Communicate with our members, our supporters and the interested public on a comprehensive range of channels, with a strong focus on digital services.

Connect the Danube region’s water sector by a program of conferences, meetings and webinars to enable peer-to-peer networking.

Capacitate water sector professionals by supporting knowledge exchange, mutual support networks, access to resources and the capacity building activities of the Danube Learning Partnership.

How We Deliver Our Mission

Fostering the exchange of information on water and wastewater management and treatment, capacity building, research, and other matters of common interest.

Delivering education, training and leadership programs to water and wastewater utilities.

Strengthening, supporting and enabling strong national water utility associations by facilitating exchange and developing resources for them to deliver to their members.

Improving water sector performance by implementing a variety of benchmarking activities to support the collection of performance indicator data on Danube regional, national and utility level.

Building partnerships with other organizations to strengthen our reach and impact.

What We Aim For

Influencing EU or other applicable international policies on the provision of urban water services and sustainable water resource management.

Promoting constructive discussion on environmentally sustainable development and management of water resources to safeguard the public water supply.

Guiding and participating in collaborative research projects dealing with the urban water cycle.

IAWD Statutes (English)
IAWD Resolution (English)