The International Water Association will establish its North American office at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett announced today in conjunction with the White House Water Summit. 

The IWA is headquartered in London and has global operations based in The Hague. It has over 9,000 members in 130 countries. It has other regional offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Nairobi, Bucharest, Singapore and Dakar.

“The IWA connects science, policy and practice, and by joining with Milwaukee’s Global Water Center we aim to facilitate a wider cooperation between the United States and the international water community,” said Dr. Ger Bergkamp, IWA executive director.

The IWA board of directors met in Milwaukee in June 2014 and Barrett said it became clear afterwards “that it makes sense to unite the world’s most important professional water association with the world’s leading water technology cluster.”

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