Shaping Our Water Future


The IWA WWCE 2024 is expected to bring together over 10,000 people – a global audience of utility and industry practitioners, government officials, NGO representatives, technology and service providers, consultants, media, and others.

Under the WWCE series theme of ‘Shaping our Water Future’, the 2024 edition will present opportunities for innovation and action across a comprehensive range of important topics.

The event will feature keynote addresses by leading sector figures, specially invited to share their experiences in shaping and delivering solutions. The programme will also provide a unique platform for water professionals to present and share their recent findings and insights. This will give you an opportunity to:

  • Contribute with your work to shape the global water
  • Connect with leading professionals from within and
    outside the water sector.
  • Learn and grow professionally through early access
    to the best content.
  • Network with some 10,000 delegates and visitors
    from over 100 countries worldwide.

We invite you to join us in Toronto. Download the Advance Technical Programme to find out what is on offer.

WWCE 2024 Programme

At the heart of the Congress is a comprehensive Technical Programme that is shaped and selected by the global expert Programme Committee. This features more than 100 technical sessions and over 60 workshops across six essential themes.

On top of this, there are agenda-setting forums, keynote plenaries, and cross-cutting sessions and workshops. These are all complemented by the trade exhibition, business forums, technical tours, a utility operations challenge, a fantastic social programme, and more.

Technical Programme

Details of the Advance Technical Programme can be viewed here.

Forums, plenaries and cross-cutting sessions

More details coming soon, but see details of some of the main forums here.

Business Forums

Learn about challenges and innovations: the Business Forums are a full component of the technical programme of the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition. They provide a series of sessions in open theatres at the exhibition floor, where sponsors and exhibitors present their innovations and projects that contribute to shaping our water future.

Project Innovation Awards

Awarded biennially at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition at a special celebratory event, the Project Innovation Awards recognise and promote excellence and innovation in water management, research and technology.

The severe water challenges facing the world today require an unprecedented global response. Innovation plays a central role in achieving IWA’s vision of a world in which water is managed wisely to satisfy the needs of human activities and ecosystems in an equitable and sustainable way. The Project Innovation Awards recognise that our shared challenges can be overcome through the development and implementation of creative water solutions.

The PIA gala event will be held on the evening of Tuesday 13 August.

Operations Challenge

The IWA Operations Challenge allows utilities to showcase the diverse skills and competencies of their operations and maintenance personnel, testing the practical skills of the utility teams. The IWA Operations Challenge will see teams of four members compete in four events spanning maintenance, laboratory skills, collection systems, and process simulation. The challenge will be held in the exhibition area at the Congress venue, and the local host for the challenge is the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO). Utilities interested in participating in the IWA Operations Challenge should contact:

Topics & thematic tracks


  • Circular economy and resource recovery
  • Climate-smart approaches to water and wastewater
  • Digital transformation
  • Innovation in technology and policy
  • Wastewater surveillance
  • Inclusive urban sanitation
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Inclusivity and equality
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Partnerships and multi-stakeholder collaboration


  • Water utility management
  • Wastewater and resource recovery
  • Drinking water and potable reuse
  • City-scale planning & operations
  • Communities, communication & partnership
  • Water resources & large-scale water management