The International Water Association is a not-for-profit organisation. Governing Members from geographic regions represent the interests of their regional constituency (individual and corporate members) and nominate representatives to the Governing Assembly.
The Governing Assembly is responsible for setting broad policy for the Association and electing the Association’s officers. The Board of Directors is responsible for the management of the affairs of the Association. It is supported by various committees who have specific tasks guiding activities or overseeing particular delegated areas.
IWA has a permanent staff housed in its headquarters in London, The Hague, Netherlands and number of regional offices to support the activities of the Association and its members. The Executive Director and the management team direct the staff. The Association’s President and two Vice-Presidents serve as officers to the Association.
The legal structure of the Association is a limited liability company, registered as a charity in the United Kingdom.
The objects of IWA as set out in its Memorandum of Association are to:
promote the art and science of water management for the public benefit, particularly, but not exclusively, by the encouragement of education, training, study and research in water management and the publication of the useful results of such research
advance education of members of the public in the science and practice of water management
promote and enable the development and direct provision of water management schemes worldwide for the public benefit,
where "water management" means the establishing, maintaining and securing the supply of safe and sustainable water supplies, stormwater systems and wastewater treatment and disposal systems.
IWA places great importance on sound governance and the Board of Directors' Governance Manual sets out relevant procedures and guidelines.
IWA has the following administrative structure: