Inspiring Water Leaders

IDA’s Young Leader’s Program (YLP) create unparalleled opportunities for emerging leaders in water treatment to connect, advance their careers, and promote interest in the best practices of water reuse around the world.

The goals of the YLP are to:

  • Promote advanced water treatment as a career choice
  • Help promote opportunities in the industry
  • Support career advancement
  • Provide a forum for communication and exchange of ideas among young professionals and the industry at large

This is accomplished by:

  • Assisting younger professionals to develop their knowledge and skills
  • Finding fair ways to reward younger industry professionals for outstanding work
  • Creating a new “resource pool” of young water industry professionals
  • Promoting IDA membership benefits among young undergraduates, engineers, scientists and water industry professionals

If you are a current YLP member, apply now to the Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship! YLP members are eligible to apply for this $10,000 award by January 31, 2019. Follow the link for instructions.

International Desalination Association

Membership in IDA connects you with more than 3,000 of the world’s leaders in the water industry, bringing you unparalleled opportunities to network and advance your professional knowledge. There are no additional costs to be a member of the Young Leaders Program.


YLP members enjoy exclusive educational tours, eligibility for scholarships, desalination plant visits, mentor programs, and more. Joining IDA as a Young Leader will equip you with the skills to flourish in the water field as an agent of change and a keenly sought-after member of our industry.