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EWA announces Dunbal Medal Awardee



This year winner of the prestigious William Dunbar Medal is Professor Jörg E. Drewes from Germany. He is being recognized for his outstanding contribution in the water sector as an expert in advanced water treatment, emerging contaminants, water reuse, and public health protection. The award will be handed at IFAT Munich the world's leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management.

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EWA announces new President


At the annual EWA Council Meeting held online during the 40 years Anniversary Celebration of the Association, the aspiring EWA President, Raymond Erpelding received the baton of the EWA Presidency for the period 2021-2023 from his predecessor Bjørn Kaare Jensen from the Danish Water Forum (2019-2021). Wendy Francken from VLARIO, was elected new Vice President.

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World Water Day 2021 - The Value of Water


On World Water Day 2021, the European Water Association (EWA) draws attention to current challenges for water management in Europe and makes proposals for sustainable solutions to these. EWA calls upon civil society and all relevant stakeholders to contribute to implementation of such solutions, and EWA encourages the permanent dialogue between the decision makers and the national and regional authorities.

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The European Water Association calls for action in its new Water Manifesto.


The EWA Water Manifesto 2020 concentrates on the following four themes:

  1. Nature-based Solutions to Respond to Climate Change
  2. Financing Investment in Water Services 
  3. Asset Management and Digitalisation of Water Infrastructure
  4. Boosting Water Demand Management


EWA Awards Honorary Memberships


The European Water Association (EWA) has decided to honor Professor Jiří Wanner (CZ) and Bojan Zmaić (HR) with the prestigious Honorary Membership of the association.

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EWA supports the UN World Water Day 2020


EWA supports the UN World Water Day, 22 March 2020, and its theme “Water and Climate Change”.

Download EWA's press release for WWD 2020

Download UN World Water Development Report  - the report will be launched online 22 March 2020

The European Water Association presents its new Position Paper on the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive


During the 14th EWA Brussels Conference, 4-5 November 2019, the European Water Association (EWA) will present its new position paper on the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive (UWWTD).

The position paper will concentrate on the following five themes:

1)      Extend the scope of pollutants in the UWWTD

2)      Eliminate chemical micropollutants and microplastics at source

3)      New technical requirements in the UWWTD

4)      Integrate the wastewater treatment system in the circular economy

5)      Address governance issues to improve UWWTD implementation


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Read the EWA Position Paper on UWWTD

The European Water Association awards the prestigious Dunbar Medal to Professor Emeritus Jean Berlamont


The prestigious William Dunbar Medal is awarded every two years to an individual of a member country of the European Water Association (EWA) in recognition of an outstanding contribution in applied technical development in the water sector. The award is donated by IFAT, the world's leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management, and for the first time since 1975, the winner is from Belgium: Professor Jean Berlamont.

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EWA supports the UN World Water Day 2019


EWA supports the UN World Water Day, 22 March 2019, and its theme “Leaving no one behind”.

Download EWA's press release for WWD 2019

Download UN World Water Development Report 

EWA's Position on the Water Framework Directive


Today EWA submitted a reaction to the European Commission's Fitness Check of the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive. 

EWA's Position on the Water Framework Directive  

EWA is looking for Webinar Speakers


European Water Association is looking for webinar speakers

As a major and influential European organization, the European Water Association (in the following abbreviated to EWA) promotes the sustainable management of the total water cycle for Society’s needs coupled with excellent service provided by informed and expert people. Members of EWA are primarily national associations representing water professionals, organizations and enterprises, and since 2018, EWA has also opened up for any non-profit making research unit, such as a university, research institution, department, laboratory, or any another appropriate unit in the field of water to join as a research member. In 2019, the University of Urbino in Italy and The University of the Aegean in Greece have joined as new research members of EWA.

In line with this new membership policy, EWA now launches a series of webinars. Some of the webinars will be for members only as a service to the members, and some of the webinars will be open to non-members for a fee. The exact regularity of the webinars will depend on the ability to recruit well-qualified speakers as the quality of the content is of outmost importance to EWA. That said, EWA is interested in hearing from well-established researchers as well as giving a voice to young upcoming professionals and future researchers.

The relationship with EWA’s scientific basis has always been strong. The EWA working groups and scientific committees connect science with technology and expert people will be evaluating the webinar proposals to secure the quality. People from a EWA member association will be first in line but we are very open to hear from everyone with a new angle or an interesting water topic. The aim of the webinars is therefore to give researchers a voice and a chance to show their scientific research, transfer their findings and apply the outcomes of the research to the European water sector.

Contact: Maj Britt Rosenmeyer Olsen


EWA Research Membership


Due to the growing need to deliver intelligent, resilient and environmentally sensitive water and wastewater systems, the EWA would like to bring research and innovation establishments together to create partnerships to enhance this urgency.

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EWA Water Breakfast in Strasbourg


The European Water Association (EWA) invited their national and corporate members to a Water Breakfast at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to discuss the upcoming developments in EU Water Policy.

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IFAT 2018


the 6th EWA/JWSA/ WEF Joint Conference on "Water Resilience in the Water Sector" was held at IFAT 2018

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Dunbar Medal Award 2017


Professor Milenko Roš has been selected as the next William Dunbar Medal awardee. The medal, awarded by the European Water Association (EWA) and sponsored by Messe München GmbH (Germany) will be presented on the occasion of the 13th EWA Brussels Conference, during the official Dunbar Ceremony on 6 November 2017 in Brussels.

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New EWA President


At the EWA Council Meeting in Lisbon in May,  Prof. José Saldanha Matos was sworn in as the new EWA President during the Second EWA Spring Conference.

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New EWA Working Group EQF


World Water Day 2017 – Wastewater as a resource


In 2017 the World Water Day’s motto “Wastewater” focuses on reducing and reusing wastewater. Wastewater should be considered stronger as a resource of raw materials and not as something that has to be disposed. Wastewater now is seen as a potential resource and its use, or recycling after suitable treatment, can provide economic and financial benefits.

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