International Desalination Association (IDA)

The International Desalination Association (IDA) is the world’s leading resource for information and professional development for the global desalination industry – and the only global association focused exclusively on desalination and water reuse technologies. IDA is committed to development and promotion of the appropriate use of desalination and desalination technology globally in water supply, water reuse, water pollution control, water purification, water treatment and other water sciences and technology. IDA carries out this mission by encouraging research, promoting and exchanging communication, disseminating information, and supporting education in the field of desalination and water sciences. A non-profit association, IDA is associated with the United Nations as part of a growing international network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Company details

PO Box 387, 94 Central Street, Suite 200 , Topsfield , MA 01983 USA

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Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:

Connecting the Global Desalination Community
IDA connects the global desalination community in many ways. We serve more than 2,600 core members in 60 countries and reaches an additional 4,000 affiliate members around the world. Our membership includes scientists, utilities and other end-users, engineers, consultants, financiers, developers, researchers and students representing governments, corporations and academia.

Our educational resources include scholarships, the IDA Fellowship Program, Young Leaders Program and the IDA Desalination Academy. Our publications and online and multi-media communications provide ready access to timely industry information. Workshops and conferences held around the world explore specific topics in depth, and our biennial IDA World Congress is widely recognized as is the premier global event for the desalination and water reuse community.

IDA is also committed to informing the public about desalination and water reuse, and their critical role in providing new, reliable and sustainable sources of fresh water around the world.

Enhancing Energy Efficiency and Environmental Responsibility
IDA advocates the development and use of desalination technologies and practices that lower costs, reduce energy requirements and enhance environmental responsibility. Our Energy Task Force is actively engaged in promoting strategies to help the industry further reduce energy requirements, while our Environmental Task Force has developed guidelines to enhance environmental stewardship in the Arabian Gulf, the first region to be studied in depth.

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