The European Water Association (EWA) is an independent non-governmental and
non-profit making organisation dealing with the management and improvement of
the water environment. It was founded on 22 June 1981 as the European Water
Pollution Control Association. The scope of the Association was enlarged in 1999
with the change of name to the European Water Association.
It is one of the major professional associations in Europe that covers the whole
water sector, wastewater as well as drinking water and water related waste.
With member associations from nearly all European countries EWA consists of
most European Union Member States, including all countries from Central and
Eastern Europe which joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. Other European
countries represented within the EWA are Croatia, Russia, Serbia, Norway, and Switzerland.
The aim of EWA is to provide a forum for the discussion of key technical and policy
issues affecting the growing European region. This is done through conferences,
workshops, meetings and special working groups of experts all organised on an
international basis together with regular publications.
EWA informs its members on the development of EU legislation and standardisation
and seeks to influence the drafting when appropriate. It has close contacts with the
European Commission (DG Environment), the European Committee for Standardization
(CEN), the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Parliament.
Through this exchange of knowledge the objective of EWA is to contribute to sustainable water management, a safe water supply and the protection of the water and soilenvironment.
Today, EWA consists today of about 25 European national associations each representing professionals and technicians for wastewater and water utilities, academics, consultants and contractors as well as a growing number of corporate member firms and enterprises. EWA thus represents about 55,000 professional individuals working in the broad field of water management.
The organisation was founded on 22 June 1981 within the framework of the International Trade Fair for Wastewater and Waste Disposal (IFAT) in Munich, Germany.