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Key topics in public water utility reform

Urban water supply services have traditionally been provided by state-owned water utilities. In the past decades, many governments have tried to turn state-owned water utilities into effective and viable organizations, with mixed success. Why have some public utilities become more efficient service providers, while others have not been able to break the vicious cycle of low performance and low cost recovery? This report presents a framework of attributes of well-functioning utilities and how they have introduced key institutional changes. It aims to help water and sanitation sector practitioners choose and apply public utility reform approaches.

TitleKey topics in public water utility reform
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGinneken, M. van, Kingdom, B.
Secondary TitleWater working notes
Volumeno. 17
Paginationviii, 53 p. : 28 boxes, 5 fig., 1 tab.
Date Published08/2008
PublisherWorld Bank
Place PublishedWashington, DC, USA
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordsadministration, government organizations, institutional aspects, reform, sdiman, urban areas, water authorities
Abstract

Urban water supply services have traditionally been provided by state-owned water utilities. In the past decades, many governments have tried to turn state-owned water utilities into effective and viable organizations, with mixed success. Why have some public utilities become more efficient service providers, while others have not been able to break the vicious cycle of low performance and low cost recovery? This report presents a framework of attributes of well-functioning utilities and how they have introduced key institutional changes. It aims to help water and sanitation sector practitioners choose and apply public utility reform approaches.

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