The Governance of Water Regulators
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
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.
Published on April 13, 2015
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