Welcome to Iceland!

The Nordic Drinking Water Conference has been arranged every second year in the Nordic countries since 1998. In 2016 the venue is the Harpa Reykjavík conference center and concert hall, in the very centre of Reykjavík. Samorka, Icelandic Energy and Utilities, organizes the 10th Nordic Drinking Water Conference in cooperation with the other Nordic water and wastewater associations: DANVA, Norsk Vann, Svenskt Vatten, FIWA and NORDIWA.

The conference provides a forum for professionals in the drinking water industry to share experience, knowledge and skills as well as to interact. The conference program offers a comprehensive cross section of the current research and developement activities in the Nordic countries. On offer are 90 presentations over 3 days, organized into 5 themes:

  • Planning, management and education
  • Safety and security in the drinking water supply
  • Distribution systems
  • Drinking water treatment and quality
  • Water safety in small water works in the Nordic countries

We will also have 4 extensive and interesting workshops about water safety plans, biofilms, membranes and cooperation in research and developement in the Nordic countries. There will be a special emphasis on the poster presentations, where you will find 30 excellent offerings, along with additional posters and side meetings for the participants. We hope that the schedule will give participants new knowledge and ideas as well as new connections.

One of the highlights of the conference will be a scientific excursion ending with the conference dinner at the world famous Blue Lagoon. We will take a water tour around Reykjanes peninsula, examine the workings of an Icelandic water utility (HS Veitur), along with the amazing nature on display in the region. The excursion will then visit the Blue Lagoon before the conference dinner takes place at the LAVA restaurant.

Samorka warmly welomes you to Iceland!


The conference program for this years conference is particularly strong. There were a record number of abstracts submitted, resulting in the selection of presentations, workshops and poster presentations on offer, representing a truly interesting and comprehensive cross section of the current research and development activities in the Nordic countries.

Download programme as pdf




Guidelines for presenters, poster presentations, posters and publication in the Journal of Water Security can be found here.

Guidelines for presenters pdf

Guidelines for poster presentations pdf

Guidelines for posters pdf

Guidelines for JWS publication pdf







Social programme and excursion

The scientific excursion will take place on the first day of the conference. It will feature a water tour around Reykjanes peninsula, where the workings of an Icelandic water utility (HS Veitur) will be introduced, along with several stunning water related natural sites in the region. The excursion ends in the Blue Lagoon where the conference dinner will also be held at the LAVA restaurant.

On the second day of the conference, Iceland‘s largest water utility Veitur Utilities, is pleased to invite the participants to a reception at their headquarters.


Accommodation in various price ranges nearby Harpa has been booked for participants.


Harpa, the beautiful concert and conference centre features the best conditions for conferences in Iceland. It is conveniently situated at the harbour in the heart of Reykjavík and within walking distance of the city centre with shops, restaurants, art galleries and a vibrant night-life.

Programme committee

Arndís Ósk Ólafsdóttir, Veitur Utilities
Sigurjón Norberg Kjærnested, Samorka, Icelandic Energy & Utilities – Committee chair

Dorte Skræm, Danish Water and Wastewater Association (DANVA)
Klaus Kolind-Hansen, Aalborg Water ltd.

Riina Liikanen, Finnish Water Utilities Association (FIWA)
Veli-Pekka Vuorilehto, Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority

Kjetil Furuberg, Norwegian Water (Norsk Vann)
Vidar Lund, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Gullvy Hedenberg, Swedish Water and Wastewater Association (Svenskt Vatten)
Thomas Pettersson, Chalmers University of Technology