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Published on April 13, 2015
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.
|Foreword and acknowledgements|
|Overview of regulatory frameworks for water services in selected countries|
|Results of the OECD Survey on the Governance of Water Regulators|
Water regulators factsheets34 chapters available
Annexes3 chapters available
The OECD has worked with 34 water regulators to identify dedicated bodies set up to regulate the provision of urban drinking water and wastewater services.
The key highlights of the report show that:
LAUNCH OF THE REPORT IN SEOUL
The Governance of Water Regulators was launched at the 7th World Water Forum in Seoul, Korea on 13 April 2015 together with:
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