The subthemes are:

Hands on the wheel: Moving towards stronger partnerships and stakeholder engagement
This subtheme will focus on international initiatives, public private partnerships (PPPs), SDG6 communication and stakeholders, including developing capacity within the WASH sector such as technical skills and soft skills.

Aye Aye Capt’n: Turn the tide with improved governance
This subtheme targets water governance, water law and regulation, water economics, business development with particular attention to the circular economy, Financials & Infrastructure Asset management

Forging A’Head: Improving municipal water and sanitation service delivery
All things service related such as drinking (potable) water and access to clean water, municipal performance, blue and green drop certification, sanitation delivery including alternative sanitation, excluding sewage treatment technology and infrastructure design, construction, operation and maintenance and efficiency.

Reading the charts: Effecting resilient planning and management in a changing environment
With a changing environment and the impacts of climate change, it is integral to effectively plan toward integrated waste resources management, project management, disaster management (as a result of floods, droughts, waterborne diseases, pollution incidents), surface water resource protection and accessibility, including hydrology, in all terrestrial habitats and aquatic ecosystems. Moreover, this subtheme will invite papers on groundwater management, availability, accessibility and resilience planning including stormwater management. In addition, with attention to SDG2, agriculture and plant-soil-water enhancements.

Tending the lookout: optimising Monitoring and Efficiency
Monitoring and evaluation are key to efficient service delivery. This subtheme focusses on efficiency in water use with water balances, water quantity monitoring, WCDM and wastewater reuse, water quality impacts (surface and groundwater), monitoring, assessment and modelling. New methods and instrumentation for monitoring in chemical, microbiological and other laboratory analyses.

Clipping new edges with Innovation and Technology
Innovation leads to change and progressive movement. This subtheme will target treatment technologies in wastewater and wastewater reuse, including sewage treatment, wastewater and faecal sludge, mine water and acid mine drainage, nature-based solutions such as natural and constructed wetlands, 4IR, bioremediation, alternative technology (non-sanitation), applied science or Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The conference engagement and technical sessions are intended to align efforts on climate action, including measures to bridge the gaps in progress. We envisage that this conference will steer the course and accelerate activities towards achieving SDG6 by 2030, and beyond.

Mark your calendars!
The WISA 2024 Biennial Conference & Exhibition will now take place from 12 to 14 June 2024

As Wednesday, 29th May has been declared as the day of South African General Elections, we had to change our dates.

The venue, speakers, workshops, interactive sessions, and networking opportunities will remain the same.

You now have two extra weeks to register, make travel plans, tweak presentations, refurbish stands and perfect your networking skills.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at events@wisa.org.za

We understand that this change may cause inconvenience for some of our attendees, and for that, we sincerely apologise.
Our team is working diligently to ensure a smooth transition and to assist with any adjustments.

*Pre-Conference Technical Tours will be hosted on Tuesday 11 June 2024.