Efficient 2013 – Call for papers

The International Water Association (IWA) and the Association Scientifique et Technique Pour l’Eau et l’Environnement (ASTEE) of France are pleased to announce the seventh biennial IWA Efficient Conference: “Water Efficiency Strategies for Difficult Times.” The conference will be held October 22-25, 2013 in Paris.

Efficient 2013 will benefit professionals involved in all aspects of water and wastewater efficiency planning and management. The agenda will include a wide range of topics related to policies and regulations, planning, efficient technologies, best management practices, alternative water resources, the water and energy nexus, climate change and adaptation to resource variability, water loss and network management, and public involvement. The conference will also host an exhibition to showcase the latest water and energy-efficient products, services, and technologies.

The Call for Papers is already open and the website is ready for abstract submission.
Presenters must file abstracts on‐line by January 15, 2013.

All information available at: www.iwaefficient.com/2013


Events at the World Water Congress in Busan

Efficient Specialist Group Open Meeting
Wednesday, September 19, from 12:45 to 14:15 in Room 9                                            Progress with the Efficient2013 conference in Paris will be discussed as well as latest news, the future strategic direction of the Specialist Group and some key issues and projects.

Session on Water Conservation and Demand Management
Wednesday, September 19, from 9:20 to 10:45 in Room 11.                                        Topics and speakers:

  • Proposal of a systematic methodology to estimate apparent losses due to water meter inaccuracies – Francisco Arregui, Spain
  • Cost Efficiency in Water Efficiency – Martin Conner, Australia
  • Managing long-term capacity in the age of conservation – Xin Qiao, US
  • Behaviour Change Programs for Water Efficiency: Findings from North West and Metropolitan Residential Programs in Western Australia – Goen Ho, Australia

Workshop on Forecasting and Managing the Future: Water Demand and Tariffs
Wednesday, September 19, from 9:20 to 1:45 in Room 7                                       Workshop Leaders: Francisco Cubillo and Stuart White

Workshop on AquaRating: An innovative system for assessing utility practice and performance
Thursday, September 20, from 14:15 to 15:45 in Room 12                                            Chair: Tom Williams

Dialogue Session on AquaRating
Tuesday, September 18, from 14:15 to 15:00 at the Development Hub

Workshop on Creating Operationally Smart networks — today and in the future
Thursday, September 20, from 9:15 to 10:45 in Room 9                                         Workshop Leader: Jo Parker


Welcome to the official site of the IWA Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group.

The Efficient Urban Water Management SG was reformed in 2011 and is now developing several new initiatives and taskforces. Its basic mission is to encourage the interchange of knowledge, research, best practices and programs regarding efficient management and use of water in urban zones. A main area of interest is exploring and promoting new technological solutions for urban drinking water supply and wastewater sanitation systems.

Topics like end use efficiency, customer demand management, level of service, network asset management, water losses management, performance assessment, environment impacts, economics, social preferences and involvement, water resource planning, and program design are all integrated under the Efficient SG umbrella. Devoted to promoting practical solutions for utilities, the SG also seeks to involve broad stakeholder interests and knowledge.

The main forum for the SG is the biennial Efficient Conference, which has been successfully held every two years since 2001. The last conference was located in Jordan in March, 2011 where 618 attendees from 32 countries participated.  The next conference will be held October 22-25, 2013 in Paris.