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Regional, rural and urban development

Enhancing the Economic Regulatory System for Moldova’s Water Supply and Sanitation

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Published on July 30, 2019

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This report aims to support the development of a sound economic regulatory system for the water supply and sanitation (WSS) sector in the Republic of Moldova (hereafter “Moldova”). The prevailing policy framework calls for drastic developments in WSS to modernise and optimise WSS systems and improve operational efficiency (non-revenue water, staff-output ratios etc.) – in line with domestic and international commitments (including the Association Agreement with the European Union, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the national WSS strategy). This report outlines ways and means for strengthening the capacity of the Moldovan government to provide sound regulation and that of WSS operators to deliver higher standards of service while ensuring the affordability of WSS services. Such a transition cannot happen overnight. It requires a sound economic regulatory system conducive to affordability, cost recovery and debt servicing, and a realistic performance improvement path for water utilities.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive Summary
The context of Moldova’s economic regulatory system for water supply and sanitation
Moldova’s economic regulatory system for water supply and sanitation
Good practice and country experience
Recommendations and conclusions
The proposed roadmap recognises the high complexity of sector regionalization (Extract from the World Bank [2013] Regionalization Review)
Outline of business plan and financial model template
Description of proposed rebate system for WSS in Moldova
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