DSS water cooperates with international UN organizations including UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR, UNDP, IOM, and with the ICRC and NGOs such as OXFAM. Standby agreements have been concluded with these organizations. In addition, some deployments are facilitated through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

International aid organizations submit a request to their standby partners, including DSS water, for rapid surge deployments. DSS water will deploy mostly Dutch water expertise to provide support in emergency situations. DSS water subsequently advertises the request via the roster and actively seeks appropriate expertise.