GWOPA/UN-Habitat and the International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) collaborate to prepare a Global publication on water and sanitation utilities

The GWOPA Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Alliance is collaborating with the International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) to produce a Global Publication on the State of Water and Sanitation Utilities. IRC, together with its partners, Water for People, was selected from among a half dozen strong applications from global research consortia to coordinate the publication.

Water and sanitation operators provide essential services that underly the achievement of many of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Report will highlight the connections between the work of utilities and the local realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will also first present an overview of the state of water and sanitation service providers around the world, shedding light on the latest numbers, governance, financing mechanisms, capacity and performance, as well as the key challenges they are facing.  The report aims to go beyond a ‘state of’ and integrate the latest research and practices on opportunities for water and sanitation service providers to accelerate progress towards the SDGs. It will showcase the best financial, technical, ecological and social innovations from practice to demonstrate the possibilities for strengthening the providers.

In developing the report, IRC and GWOPA will draw on the resources of the GWOPA Secretariat and its Alliance, capitalising on the wealth of data, case studies, and expertise of its members and partners.


Professional peers from Canal de Isabel II (Madrid, Spain) visiting a wastewater treatment plant at SEDAPAL (Lima, Peru). Wastewater monitoring, treatment, and reuse are growing issues addressed in the peer partnership between these utilities under the EU-WOP programme.
© Julie Perkins