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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 Millennium 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

#WaterIs... standards!

by Maria Lazarte

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.

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African water benefits from standards

by Sandrine Tranchard

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

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The water warrior

Duncan Ellison has been fighting for water quality and protecting the sacred resource his whole life. This former Executive Director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, and a long active member of national and international standardization, ponders the global water dilemma and the role that standardization can play in solving this universal problem.

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News archive

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.

The fine bubble breakthrough

Imagine your kitchen floor or bathroom tiles being cleaned by very tiny bubbles. Or imagine round-the-clock restrooms staying clean and functional. Sounds great, but how is it possible and is it too good to be true ? Not anymore, a new technological era is dawning.

The Power of Water

Make a difference with over 1 000 energy and water standards on World Water Day! Celebrated on 22 March, this year if focuses on the nexus of water and energy.

ISO Store

  • 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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Water footprint

Read more about the ISO 14046 water footprint standard