The European Water Association (EWA) is an independent non-governmental and non-profit making organisation dealing with the management and improvement of the water environment. It is one of the major professional associations in Europe that covers the whole water sector, wastewater as well as drinking water and water related waste. The aim of EWA is to provide a forum for the discussion of key technical and policy issues in Europe and its regions. This is done through conferences, workshops, meetings, special working groups of experts and through publications and web-based media. EWA informs its members on the development of EU legislation and standardization and seeks to influence the drafting when appropriate. It has close contacts with the European Commission, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Parliament, as well as other water-related organisations. The objective of EWA is e.g. through this exchange of knowledge, to contribute to sustainable water management, a safe water supply and the protection of the water and soil environment.