Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Globally, over 80 % of wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. In addition, around 40 % of the world’s population doesn’t have enough water to sustain its needs.

ISO has many standards for water management, spanning a variety of areas from wastewater and sewerage networks, to water reuse, efficient irrigation, water footprint monitoring, and service activities relating to drinking water supply systems. We also develop standards – such as ISO 24518 – to help communities manage their drinking water and wastewater services in the event of a crisis of water utilities.

The recently published ISO 24521 gives practical guidance on the management and maintenance of basic on-site domestic wastewater services. It offers advice on training users and operators, evaluating risks and designing and building basic on-site domestic wastewater systems, making use of alternative technologies that can be set up using local resources.

ISO is also expanding into new areas such as technology for next-generation toilets that can operate off-grid, outside the sewer network, in regions where there is no access to reliable water and wastewater systems. Standards in this field include the upcoming ISO 30500Non-sewered sanitation systems – Prefabricated integration treatment units – General safety and performance requirements for design and testing.

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    ISO’s solutions for addressing vital global water challenges.

117 standards contributing to SDG 6

Standard and/or project Sector TC
IWA 28:2018
Faecal sludge treatment units — Energy independent, prefabricated, community-scale resource-recovery units — Safety and performance
ISO/TMBG
ISO/AWI 4373
Hydrometry — Water level measuring devices
Special technologies ISO/TC 113/SC 5
ISO 5667-10:1992
Water quality — Sampling — Part 10: Guidance on sampling of waste waters
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-11:2009
Water quality — Sampling — Part 11: Guidance on sampling of groundwaters
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-12:2017
Water quality — Sampling — Part 12: Guidance on sampling of bottom sediments from rivers, lakes and estuarine areas
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-13:2011
Water quality — Sampling — Part 13: Guidance on sampling of sludges
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-14:2014
Water quality — Sampling — Part 14: Guidance on quality assurance and quality control of environmental water sampling and handling
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-16:2017
Water quality — Sampling — Part 16: Guidance on biotesting of samples
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-1:2006
Water quality — Sampling — Part 1: Guidance on the design of sampling programmes and sampling techniques
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-21:2010
Water quality — Sampling — Part 21: Guidance on sampling of drinking water distributed by tankers or means other than distribution pipes
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-22:2010
Water quality — Sampling — Part 22: Guidance on the design and installation of groundwater monitoring points
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-23:2011
Water quality — Sampling — Part 23: Guidance on passive sampling in surface waters
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-24:2016
Water quality — Sampling — Part 24: Guidance on the auditing of water quality sampling
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-3:2018
Water quality — Sampling — Part 3: Preservation and handling of water samples
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-4:2016
Water quality — Sampling — Part 4: Guidance on sampling from lakes, natural and man-made
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-5:2006
Water quality — Sampling — Part 5: Guidance on sampling of drinking water from treatment works and piped distribution systems
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-6:2014
Water quality — Sampling — Part 6: Guidance on sampling of rivers and streams
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 5667-9:1992
Water quality — Sampling — Part 9: Guidance on sampling from marine waters
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO 8245:1999
Water quality — Guidelines for the determination of total organic carbon (TOC) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC)
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 2
ISO/AWI 10631
Metallic butterfly valves for general purposes
Mechanical engineering ISO/TC 153
ISO/WD 11296-9
Plastics piping systems for the renovation of underground non-pressure drainage and sewerage networks — Part 9: Lining with a rigidly anchored plastics inner layer
Mechanical engineering ISO/TC 138/SC 8
ISO/DIS 11298-4
Plastics piping systems for renovation of underground water supply networks — Part 4: Lining with cured-in-place pipes
Mechanical engineering ISO/TC 138/SC 8
ISO 14001:2015
Environmental management systems — Requirements with guidance for use
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 207/SC 1
ISO/AWI 14017
Requirements and guidelines for validation and verification of water information and related reports
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 207/SC 2
ISO 14046:2014
Environmental management — Water footprint — Principles, requirements and guidelines
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 207/SC 5
ISO/NP TS 14074
Environmental management — Life cycle assessment — Principles, requirements and guidelines for normalization, weighting and interpretation
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 207/SC 5
ISO 14442:2006
Water quality — Guidelines for algal growth inhibition tests with poorly soluble materials, volatile compounds, metals and waste water
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 5
ISO/WD 14839-5
Mechanical vibration — Vibration of rotating machinery equipped with active magnetic bearings — Part 5: Touch-down bearings
Mechanical engineering ISO/TC 108/SC 2
ISO 15089:2000
Water quality — Guidelines for selective immunoassays for the determination of plant treatment and pesticide agents
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 2
ISO/WD 15928-6
Houses — Description of performance — Part 6: Contributions to sustainability and sustainable development
Building and construction ISO/TC 59/SC 15
ISO 16075-1:2015
Guidelines for treated wastewater use for irrigation projects — Part 1: The basis of a reuse project for irrigation
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 1
ISO 16075-2:2015
Guidelines for treated wastewater use for irrigation projects — Part 2: Development of the project
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 1
ISO 16075-3:2015
Guidelines for treated wastewater use for irrigation projects — Part 3: Components of a reuse project for irrigation
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 1
ISO 16075-4:2016
Guidelines for treated wastewater use for irrigation projects — Part 4: Monitoring
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 1
ISO 19144-1:2009
Geographic information — Classification systems — Part 1: Classification system structure
Information technology, graphics and photography ISO/TC 211
ISO 19144-2:2012
Geographic information - Classification systems — Part 2: Land Cover Meta Language (LCML)
Information technology, graphics and photography ISO/TC 211
ISO 19160-1:2015
Addressing — Part 1: Conceptual model
Information technology, graphics and photography ISO/TC 211
ISO/DIS 19698
Sludge recovery, recycling, treatment and disposal — Beneficial use of biosolids — Land applications
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 275
ISO 19867-1:2018
Clean cookstoves and clean cooking solutions — Harmonized laboratory test protocols — Part 1: Standard test sequence for emissions and performance, safety and durability
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 285
ISO/TR 19867-3:2018
Clean cookstoves and clean cooking solutions — Harmonized laboratory test protocols — Part 3: Voluntary performance targets for cookstoves based on laboratory testing
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 285
ISO 19869:2019
Clean cookstoves and clean cooking solutions — Field testing methods for cookstoves
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 285
ISO/NP TR 19915
Clean cookstoves and clean cooking solutions — Guidelines for social impact assessment
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 285
ISO 20121:2012
Event sustainability management systems — Requirements with guidance for use
ISO/TMBG
ISO 20419:2018
Treated wastewater reuse for irrigation — Guidelines for the adaptation of irrigation systems and practices to treated wastewater
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 1
ISO 20426:2018
Guidelines for health risk assessment and management for non-potable water reuse
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 3
ISO 20468-1:2018
Guidelines for performance evaluation of treatment technologies for water reuse systems — Part 1: General
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 3
ISO 20468-2:2019
Guidelines for performance evaluation of treatment technologies for water reuse systems — Part 2: Methodology to evaluate performance of treatment systems on the basis of greenhouse gas emissions
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 3
ISO/AWI 20468-8
Guidelines for performance evaluation of treatment technologies for water reuse systems — Part 8: Evaluation of wastewater reclamation technologies based on life cycle cost
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 3
ISO/CD 20468-4
Guidelines for performance evaluation of treatment technologies for water reuse systems — Part 4: UV Disinfection
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 3
ISO/CD 20468-6
Guidelines for performance evaluation of treatment technologies for water reuse systems — Part 6: Ion exchange and electrodialysis
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 3
ISO/CD 20468-7
Guidelines for performance evaluation of treatment technologies for water reuse systems — Part 7: Advanced Oxidation Processes
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 3
ISO/DIS 20468-3
Guidelines for performance evaluation of treatment technologies for water reuse systems — Part 3: Ozone treatment technology
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 3
ISO/DIS 20468-5
Guidelines for performance evaluation of treatment technologies for water reuse systems — Part 5: Membrane filtration
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 3
ISO 20469:2018
Guidelines for water quality grade classification for water reuse
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 3
ISO/CD 20480-3
Fine bubble technology — General principles for usage and measurement of fine bubbles — Part 3: Terminology of fine bubble generating systems
Special technologies ISO/TC 281
ISO 20670:2018
Water reuse — Vocabulary
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282
ISO 20760-1:2018
Water reuse in urban areas — Guidelines for centralized water reuse system — Part 1: Design principle of a centralized water reuse system
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 2
ISO 20760-2:2017
Water reuse in urban areas — Guidelines for centralized water reuse system — Part 2: Management of a centralized water reuse system
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 2
ISO 20761:2018
Water reuse in urban areas — Guidelines for water reuse safety evaluation — Assessment parameters and methods
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 2
ISO/CD 21256-3
Fine bubble technology — Cleaning applications — Part 3: Test method for cleaning hard flooring surfaces
Special technologies ISO/TC 281
ISO/DTS 21256-1
Fine bubble technology — Cleaning applications — Part 1: Test method for cleaning salt (NaCl)-stained surfaces
Special technologies ISO/TC 281
ISO/TR 21276:2018
Clean cookstoves and clean cooking solutions — Vocabulary
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 285
ISO 21929-1:2011
Sustainability in building construction — Sustainability indicators — Part 1: Framework for the development of indicators and a core set of indicators for buildings
Building and construction ISO/TC 59/SC 17
ISO/TS 21929-2:2015
Sustainability in building construction — Sustainability indicators — Part 2: Framework for the development of indicators for civil engineering works
Building and construction ISO/TC 59/SC 17
ISO 21930:2017
Sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works — Core rules for environmental product declarations of construction products and services
Building and construction ISO/TC 59/SC 17
ISO 21931-2:2019
Sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works — Framework for methods of assessment of the environmental, social and economic performance of construction works as a basis for sustainability assessment — Part 2: Civil engineering works
Building and construction ISO/TC 59/SC 17
ISO/WD 21931-1
Sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works — Framework for methods of assessment of the environmental, social and economic performance of construction works as a basis for sustainability assessment — Part 1: Buildings
Building and construction ISO/TC 59/SC 17
ISO 21939-1:2019
A method to calculate and express energy consumption of industrial wastewater treatment for the purpose of water reuse — Part 1: Biological processes
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 4
ISO/CD 22238
Water reuse — A guideline to wastewater disinfection and equivalent treatments
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 1
ISO 22301:2012
Societal security — Business continuity management systems — Requirements
Security, safety and risk ISO/TC 292
ISO/AWI 22371
Security and resilience — Urban resilience — Guidelines for strategy and implementation
Security, safety and risk ISO/TC 292
ISO/AWI 22379
Security and resilience — Guidelines for hosting and organizing large citywide events
Security, safety and risk ISO/TC 292
ISO/PRF 22447
Industrial wastewater classification
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 4
ISO/DIS 22449-2
Use of reclaimed water in industrial cooling systems — Part 2: Guidelines for cost analysis
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 4
ISO/FDIS 22449-1
Use of reclaimed water in industrial cooling systems — Part 1: Technical guidelines
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 4
ISO 22519:2019
Purified water and water for injection pretreatment and production systems
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282
ISO/DIS 22524
Pilot plan for industrial wastewater treatment facilities in the objective of reuse
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 4
ISO/CD 23043.2
Evaluation methods for industrial wastewater treatment reuse processes
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 4
ISO/DIS 23044
Guidelines for softening and desalination of industrial wastewater for reuse
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 4
ISO/DIS 23056
Water reuse in urban areas — Guidelines for decentralized/onsite water reuse system — Design principle of a decentralized/onsite system
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 2
ISO/DIS 23070
Water reuse in urban areas — Guidelines for reclaimed water treatment — Design principle of a RO desalination system of municipal wastewater
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 2
ISO/DTS 23818-1
Assessment of conformity of plastics piping systems for the rehabilitation of existing pipelines — Part 1: Polyethylene (PE) material
Mechanical engineering ISO/TC 138/SC 8
ISO/DIS 23856
Plastics piping systems for pressure and non-pressure water supply, drainage or sewerage — Glass-reinforced thermosetting plastics (GRP) systems based on unsaturated polyester (UP) resin
Mechanical engineering ISO/TC 138/SC 6
ISO/AWI 23991
Irrigation Applications of Ductile Iron Pipelines — Product Design and Installation
Mechanical engineering ISO/TC 5/SC 2
ISO/AWI 24146-1
Ships and marine technology — Marine environment protection — Part 1: Management and handling of shipboard waste on inland vessels
Transport ISO/TC 8/SC 2
ISO/AWI 24146-2
Ships and marine technology — Marine environment protection — Part 2: Specifications of port reception facilities of shipboard waste from inland navigation vessels
Transport ISO/TC 8/SC 2
ISO/AWI 24187
Principles for the development of standards for investigation procedures of plastics in environmental media and materials
Non-metallic materials ISO/TC 61/SC 14
ISO/AWI 24246
Space systems — Requirements for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning augmentation centers
Transport ISO/TC 20/SC 14
ISO/AWI 24261-1
Fine bubble technology — Elimination method for sample characterization — Part 1: evaluation procedure
Special technologies ISO/TC 281
ISO/IEC AWI 24286
Information technology — Continual Performance Improvement — Concepts and Terminology
Information technology, graphics and photography ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 40
ISO/AWI 24297
Guidance for the treatment and reuse of leachate from municipal solid waste incineration
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 282/SC 2
ISO/NP 24302
Water quality- Sea water- Sampling for the parameters of the oceanic carbon dioxide system
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 147/SC 6
ISO/NP 24419
Abandoned Mine Management
Mechanical engineering ISO/TC 82/SC 7
ISO/AWI 24448
Fine ceramics (advanced ceramics, advanced technical ceramics) — LED light source for testing semiconducting photocatalytic materials used under indoor lighting environment
Non-metallic materials ISO/TC 206
ISO/WD 24452
Ships and marine technology — Personal and group survival kit for use in polar water
Transport ISO/TC 8/SC 1
ISO 24510:2007
Activities relating to drinking water and wastewater services — Guidelines for the assessment and for the improvement of the service to users
Services ISO/TC 224
ISO 24511:2007
Activities relating to drinking water and wastewater services — Guidelines for the management of wastewater utilities and for the assessment of wastewater services
Services ISO/TC 224
ISO 24512:2007
Activities relating to drinking water and wastewater services — Guidelines for the management of drinking water utilities and for the assessment of drinking water services
Services ISO/TC 224
ISO 24518:2015
Activities relating to drinking water and wastewater services — Crisis management of water utilities
Services ISO/TC 224
ISO/WD TS 24519
Water services for temporary settlements for displaced persons
Services ISO/TC 224
ISO 24521:2016
Activities relating to drinking water and wastewater services — Guidelines for the management of basic on-site domestic wastewater services
Services ISO/TC 224
ISO 26000:2010
Guidance on social responsibility
ISO/TMBG
ISO/AWI 29466
Thermal insulating products for building applications — Determination of thickness
Building and construction ISO/TC 163/SC 1
ISO/IEC AWI 30105-8
Information technology — IT Enabled Services-Business Process Outsourcing (ITES-BPO) lifecycle processes — Part 8: Continual Performance Improvement (CPI) of ITES-BPO
Information technology, graphics and photography ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 40
ISO 30500:2018
Non-sewered sanitation systems — Prefabricated integrated treatment units — General safety and performance requirements for design and testing
ISO/TMBG
ISO/DIS 31800
Faecal sludge treatment units — Energy independent, prefabricated, community-scale, resource recovery units — Safety and performance requirements
Services ISO/PC 318
ISO 37101:2016
Sustainable development in communities — Management system for sustainable development — Requirements with guidance for use
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 268
ISO/AWI 37108
Sustainable cities and communities — Business districts — Guidance for practical local implementation of ISO 37101
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 268
ISO 37120:2018
Sustainable cities and communities — Indicators for city services and quality of life
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 268
ISO 37122:2019
Sustainable cities and communities — Indicators for smart cities
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 268
ISO/FDIS 37123
Sustainable cities and communities — Indicators for resilient cities
Sustainability and environment ISO/TC 268
ISO 55000:2014
Asset management — Overview, principles and terminology
Business management and innovation ISO/TC 251
ISO 55001:2014
Asset management — Management systems — Requirements
Business management and innovation ISO/TC 251
ISO 55002:2014
Asset management — Management systems — Guidelines for the application of ISO 55001
Business management and innovation ISO/TC 251
ISO 55002:2018
Asset management — Management systems — Guidelines for the application of ISO 55001
Business management and innovation ISO/TC 251
ISO/TS 55010
Asset management — Guidance on the alignment of financial and non-financial functions in asset management
Business management and innovation ISO/TC 251
ISO/CD 55011
Guidance on the development of government asset management policy
Business management and innovation ISO/TC 251