Since its creation, IWRA recognises the contributions towards water management and the excellence of water researchers, professionals and organisations. IWRA presents 5 main awards:
Crystal Drop Award for individuals or organisations in recognition of their laudable contribution to the improvement of the world’s water situation.
Ven Te Chow Memorial Award and Lecture - IWRA has established a Chow Memorial Lecture program to honor its first president, as well as provide for an outstanding lecture at its Congresses.
IWRA Distinguished Lecture Award - Every year, one distinguished member is invited to give this lecture at an IWRA sponsored conference.
Water International Best Paper Award (Annual) is awarded to author(s) based on originality, innovation, technical quality, and contribution to water resources management.
Young IWRA Member Scholarship Award recognises a member under the age of 33 for an outstanding contribution to the management of water resources.