The International Water Association’s World Water Congress & Exhibition 2022 comes to a close

An eventful week focused on ‘Water for Smart Liveable Cities’.

Some of the Climate Smart Utilities ‘Most Inspiring Stories’ receiving recognition on stage during Closing Ceremony, with Alexander Austin, Xylem

The International Water Association’s 2022 World Water Congress & Exhibition officially came to a close on 15 Sep. The edition, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, was a success, combining an expanded programme, launches and announcements, and extensive attendance in terms of delegate, exhibitor and visitor numbers.

Innovations in the event format and features included IWA’s first High-Level Summit, which saw the participation of government ministers. This added a political dimension that covered three topics – finance, governance, and partnerships for water and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Young water professionals (YWPs) represented a key dimension of the Congress, with them having an even greater profile compared to previous editions. In particular, the week saw announcement of an endowment fund for young water leaders, supported by founding donors Glen and Patty Daigger; and the announcement of funding for YWPs to participate in next year’s meeting to review progress of the UN SDGs, supported by Grundfos. YWPs also had a prominent role in running and participating in sessions, including in a plenary session focused on Uniting Youth for Water.

“All of this has added even greater breadth and depth to our Congress. So, it is no wonder that we can say that this week in Copenhagen has given IWA its most successful Congress in the history of IWA. We have made history here in Copenhagen,” commented Kala Vairavamoorthy, executive director of IWA.

During the closing ceremony held on 15 Sep, IWA announced the inspiring utility stories featuring in the first edition of its Climate Smart Utilities Recognition Programme, with this 2022 edition having been supported by Xylem.

The closing ceremony also included the announcement of the three best poster presentations, selected from the more than 500 posters submitted. These were:

  • River Rejuvenation – Water Quality Issues and Challenges in The Ganga River Basin of India by Mitthan Lal Kansal, IIT Roorkee, India
  • The Development of Water Quality-Based Covid-19 Surveillance for Non-Sewered Areas by Sudhir Pillay, Water Research Commission, South Africa
  • 1,4-Dioxane Decomposition with VUV and its Computational Prediction Taking into Account Effects of Inorganic Ions by Taku Matsushita, Hokkaido University, Japan

These announcements in the closing ceremony followed others made during the week, including the outcomes of the IWA High Level Summit on 12 Sep, the winners of the 2022 IWA Awards and of the Project Innovation Awards, two technical publications and multiple Memoranda of Understanding signed by IWA.

The dates and location of the next IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition have also been announced. The next congress will be held on 11-16 Aug 2024 in Toronto, Canada.