Lisbon Charter for Water Regulation Gains Support

7th World Water Forum Picture
International government representatives attending the 7th World Water Forum , held last month in Daegu, Korea, have agreed to adopt the Lisbon Charter for public policy and the regulation of water and wastewater management.

Developed by water regulators from around the world and the International Water Association, the Lisbon Charter is an international standard of good practice for public policy and the regulation of drinking water supply, sanitation, and wastewater management.

The Lisbon Charter offers a practical platform for the reformation of water management and sustainable development. The five primary principles for public policy and regulation of water and wastewater services include:

  • Effective water supply, sanitation, and wastewater make a positive contribution to sustainable development
  • The provision of services should enshrine accountability and transparency
  • The economics of service provision should be framed by long-term infrastructure investments and cost recovery instruments
  • Service provision should take into account the financial, social and environmental aspects of all water resources
  • Effective service provision relies upon the collective actions of interdependent stakeholders

The Lisbon Charter outlines the roles and responsibilities of government and public administration, regulatory authorities, services providers, and water users. The objective is to see that the water cycle is well managed for human well-being and the sustainability of the environment.

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