ISO standards and water

Few challenges are more global than water. ISO provides global tools to help us manage our shared water resources equitably and durably. ISO water standards build confidence through consensus-based global solutions for good business practice, management of resources, risk assessment, metrics and infrastructure. They facilitate sustainable water management and increase water potential, helping alleviate water scarcity and contributing to achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

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ISO and water

An overview of ISO's solutions for addressing vital global water challenges and how they can help.

Articles on this topic

Water standards for better jobs

by Sandrine Tranchard

According to UN Water, almost half of the world’s workers - 1.5 billion people - work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or protected by basic labour rights.

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Making every drop count with new standards for treated wastewater

by Clare Naden

Treating and reusing wastewater in agriculture can not only provide an oasis in the desert - it can boost economies and save communities. Now there’s a new standard that helps ensure irrigation projects flow smoothly.

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New guidelines to ensure water supply during a crisis

by Maria Lazarte

When disaster strikes, water, the most basic resource crucial for our survival, may become compromised. To help water utilities be prepared and continue to operate in any event, ISO has just published ISO 24518. The new standard lists the steps utilities have to take in order to be ready for any crisis situation. ISO 24518 also looks at what to do during an emergency, and how to re-establish services and learn from the situation.

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News archive

#WaterIs... standards!

What is water for you? Is it health, nature, urbanization, industry, energy, food or equality? Water is all these and more. It is sustainability, well-being and growth. This year's World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March, invites us to think about what water means to each of us, and how it contributes to sustainable development.

African water benefits from standards

A new video showcases in 3'11 minutes how standards helped a water company in Senegal manage its business operations more reliably and efficiently.

Water meters count on ISO standards

Your water bill indicates an abnormal water consumption? The amount might not be pleasant to pay, but at least you can count yourself lucky to have a water meter, because without it you would not know that your pipe is leaking.

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  • ISO 11731:1998
    Water quality -- Detection and enumeration of Legionella
  • ISO 14046:2014
    Environmental management -- Water footprint -- Principles, requirements and guidelines
  • ISO 19250:2010
    Water quality -- Detection of Salmonella spp.
  • ISO 8199:2005
    Water quality -- General guidance on the enumeration of micro-organisms by culture

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