The international conference Small Water 2011 is “a forum that will encourage reflection and the study of sanitation in general and, in particular, sanitation and waste water treatment in small disperse communities and rural areas”. The conference also aims to “make public the degree of compliance with the Water Framework Directive and the seventh Millennium Development Goal through the analysis of both the successes achieved and the setbacks suffered”. Most studies are European; 3 presentations include work done in Asia i.e. India and South Korea. The conference website makes available the congress presentations and some communications in English at: http://www.smallwat.org/.