OECD Studies on Water

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2224-5081 (online)
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2224-5073 (print)
DOI: 
10.1787/22245081
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Water is essential for economic growth, human health, and the environment. Yet governments around the world face significant challenges in managing their water resources effectively. The problems are multiple and complex: billions of people are still without access to safe water and adequate sanitation; competition for water is increasing among the different uses and users; and major investment is required to maintain and improve water infrastructure in OECD and non-OECD countries. This OECD series on water provides policy analysis and guidance on the economic, financial and governance aspects of water resources management. These aspects generally lie at the heart of the water problem and hold the key to unlocking the policy puzzle.

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The Governance of Water Regulators

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13 Apr 2015
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116
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9789264231092 (PDF) ;9789264231085(print)
DOI: 
10.1787/9789264231092-en

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The establishment of dedicated regulatory bodies in charge of regulating water services, whilst being recent, is nevertheless a consistent trend among OECD and non-OECD countries. This report presents a picture as of September 2014 of the governance arrangements, operational modalities and use of regulatory tools across a sample of 34 established water regulators. It relies on the OECD Best Practice Principles for Regulatory Policy: The Governance of Regulators to structure the information collected through a survey exercise. It has been developed in close co-operation with the OECD Network of Economic Regulators (NER).

The results from the survey show that the 34 water regulators show generally a high level of adoption of good governance principles and practices. They display functions and powers that are in line with their objectives. Water regulators also show a strong culture of consultation. Other areas, in particular evaluation of regulatory impacts, could be further strengthened.

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  • Foreword and acknowledgements

    This report is part of a project of the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) on Applying Better Regulation for the Water Sector, which contributes to the OECD project on Water Policies for Future Cities. It has been developed in close co-operation with the water regulators of the OECD Network of Economic Regulators (NER).

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  • Executive summary

    This report describes the governance arrangements, operational modalities and use of regulatory tools across a sample of 34 bodies responsible for regulating the provision of drinking water and wastewater services [hereafter referred to as water regulators], based on the OECD Best Practice Principles for Regulatory Policy: The Governance of Regulators.

  • Overview of regulatory frameworks for water services in selected countries

    Countries regulate the provision of water services in different ways. There is a large literature that reviews the different regulatory models in use globally. While a detailed description of these models is outside the scope of this report, this chapter focuses on describing the main regulatory models for water services. It identifies the establishment of dedicated regulatory bodies as a growing trend among countries and sheds some light on the motivations behind this trend.

  • Results of the OECD Survey on the Governance of Water Regulators

    This chapter provides key insights into the governance of water regulators based on the answers provided by 34 regulators to the OECD survey. In particular, the Chapter describes for this sample of regulators their: 1) institutional setting; 2) mandates, roles and core regulatory functions; 3) internal organisation; 4) accountability mechanisms; 5) use of tools and mechanisms to ensure regulatory quality.

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