Media Credentials & Guidelines

Media must be credentialed in order to access the 2017 IDA World Congress.  Please complete the following form to apply for media credentials, and refer to the guidelines for receiving media credentials for information about eligibility and the credentialing process. Online credentialing will end on October 11, 2017; after that date, all credentialing will be done on-site.



  • Reporters, editors, producers, video camera operators or photographers employed by or on assignment with a print or online trade publication; magazine; mainstream media outlet including newspapers, television and radio; and wire service are eligible for media credentials.
  • Freelance writers, photographers/videographers or contributing editors/reporters may also request credentials if they are covering the IDA World Congress for a specific, recognized media outlet. Upon request, they must provide clear documentation that they are on assignment from that media outlet; example of documentation is a letter of assignment on the official publication’s letterhead, signed by the media’s Publisher, Assignment Editor, Editor-in-Chief or Bureau Chief.
  • Credentials for marketing/sales staff are provided only for publications that are Media Partners for the 2017 IDA World Congress, based on the Media Partnership agreement between each publication and IDA.
  • Internal company publications do not qualify as media. However, IDA may agree to accredit such publications on a case-by-case basis based on the publication’s editorial focus, circulation and previous coverage of water-related topics.
  • Media credentials will not be available to representatives of advertising, marketing or public relations agencies or to members of corporate marketing, public relations or communications departments.
  • Bloggers and other citizen journalists not affiliated with a bona fide media outlet will be considered on a case-by-case basis, based on such criteria as whether they have been credentialed for other water-related events within the past two years and can demonstrate a record of substantial and credible coverage of desalination, water reuse or water treatment technologies within the past two years.

Proof of Assignment

 For all media requesting credentials, IDA may request a letter of assignment on the official publication’s letterhead, signed by the Publisher, Assignment Editor, Producer, News Director, Editor-in-Chief or Bureau Chief.

Media receiving press credentials agree to provide links or tear sheets of published articles to IDA within 60 days of the 2017 IDA World Congress or as soon as the article is published in print or online media.

Access to Events at the IDA World Congress

Credentialed media may attend the Opening Ceremony, IDA World Congress press briefing, Exhibition, Innovation Theater presentations and Technical Program sessions.  Press credentials do not enable attendance at the Plant Tours or social events such as the Cultural Night which are reserved for registered delegates.

Credentialing Process

Online media credentialing will close on October 11, 2017. Credentialing after that date will be done on-site at the World Congress. The requirements for on-site credentialing are the same as for the online process.

All requests for credentials are subject to approval by IDA.

If you have applied for credentials online, your credentials will be available at the designated area in Registration.  If you are being credentialed on site, please check in at the designated area in Registration to be credentialed.

Press Room Information and Hours

During the World Congress, credentialed media will have access to the Press Room during the hours listed below. The Press Room is equipped with free Internet access for your convenience.

Sunday, October 15
Noon - 4:00 pm
Monday, October 16 -Wednesday, October 188:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 198:30 am - 2:00 pm

Right to Withdraw Credentials

IDA reserves the right to withdraw media credentials from individuals who act in an unprofessional manner.