Committed to Integrity
AquaFed is committed to promoting integrity in the water sector. We work with all stakeholders to fight corruption.
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In 2015 AquaFed celebrated its 10th year of operations. Find out more about the key milestones in the water world!
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PPPs for Performance
PPPs for Performance - sharing skills and assets for the benefit of water users and public authorities
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Water and wastewater services delivered by Private Water Operators show steady growth.
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27/04/17Special Issues 

AquaFed Submission to UN OHCHR Enquiry

In April 2017, AquaFed and its members contribute to the UN OHCHR enquiry on service regulation and the human rights to water and sanitation following the request expressed by...

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17/03/17Global Issues 

22 March 2017 is World Water Day: Wastewater

World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. The...

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03/03/17Wastewater Services 

New blog article

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also u...

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The International Federation of Private Water Operators

Water is a key to all dimensions of sustainable development, environment, society and economy. AquaFed links with international stakeholders to share expertise and find solutions to water challenges. AquaFed’s wide range of Members are engaged as partners with governments, public authorities and people. They help to ensure water and wastewater services perform well. These services are essential for everybody and to protect the environment and public health, promote individuals’ opportunities and well-being, and support economic development and employment.




The Private Water Operators' Industry

The private sector has been active in providing and operating infrastructure to deliver water and wastewater services around the world for centuries. Over time, different business models have evolved in different countries to respond to different conditions, cultures and legal systems. This evolution is a continuous process that requires operators to adapt and innovate so that they are able to meet the needs of the people who use their services and the cities that employ them. AquaFed’s Members operate a wide range of water systems in many countries. The services range from simple rural systems using low-level technology to very large and sophisticated systems that require high-tech, treatment processes, SMART networks and advanced data management. Because of the public interest nature of these services, private operators usually operate under the control of public authorities. This control takes the form of a contract or license. In addition, they are often controlled by a range of regulators that supervise matters such as costs and prices, water quality, health and safety and environmental protection.


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We are committed to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Our Core Beliefs

Water and wastewater services are essential for everybody and to - protect the environment and public health - promote individuals’ opportunities and well-being - support economic development and employment. AquaFed and its wide range of Members are engaged to help ensure water and wastewater services perform well.



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