1/ DELIVERING GOOD QUALITY WATER AND SANITATION SERVICES
AquaFed encourages all private operators to:
Provide good quality and professional water services to public authorities to permit them to achieve the standards they require for water and sanitation within their jurisdictions. At the same time to respect the licenses or the contracts that these authorities have used to entrust them with the operation of these services. These legal instruments should be performance based with clear obligations for both parties.
Engage actively with the public authorities that employ them to help them to achieve the progressive realization of the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation within their jurisdictions.
Share their experience and best practices with public authorities in the design and implementation of their tariff policies that ensure social equity, provide positive support for disadvantaged populations, and also ensure the funds necessary to achieve long term sustainability of quality water and sanitation services.
Work with, and develop for, the public authorities that engage them, to ensure the long term social, environmental, and economic sustainability of water and sanitation services and the way these interrelate with other public services and private activities within their jurisdiction. This may include actions such as, the development of pro-poor policies, strategies and actions to reduce the environmental impact (Water, Carbon, Energy, Biodiversity etc.) of water services and policies and actions that maximize the benefits in terms of public health, employment and human well-being that in turn support economic activity.
Assist their client government or public authority to meet specific engagements that it may have made with regard to water, for example implementation of the Istanbul Water Consensus link? or similar commitments.
Seek appropriate technical and institutional innovations with the objective of improving performance, reducing risks, improving communications and relationships with third parties and responsiveness to water users.
Provide appropriate training and skills transfer to their employees and ensure fair and safe working conditions.
2/ PROMOTING DIALOGUE, TRANSPARENCY, INTEGRITY AND FAIR COMPETITION IN PUBLIC WATER AND SANITATION SERVICES
AquaFed encourages all private operators to:
Support the drive to ensure transparency, integrity and fight corruption within the water sector and engage in local efforts with the public authorities that employ them to achieve results on these objectives within their areas of responsibility.
Promote fair and open competition in ways that stimulate improved performance of water and sanitation services, whether these are provided by public or private operators.
Maintain open and continuous dialogue with water-users and other stakeholders.
3/ CONTRIBUTING TO FINDING SOLUTIONS TO LOCAL AND GLOBAL WATER CHALLENGES IN THE CONTEXT OF THE UN 2030 VISION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.
Private water operators commit to continue to contribute constructively to the work of international institutions and organisations through their international federation, and in this way help to progress solutions to local and global water challenges.
Develop new and improved solutions to overcome the deficiencies in operation of public water services irrespective of the form of operation (public, private or mixed) that is used.
Contribute constructively to developments to improve the understanding and performance of public water and sanitation services and about the private sector's involvement in water operations.
Private Water Operators will use their best endeavours to collaborate with international agencies to ensure that real progress and development is made on key water challenges. In the context of the Goal 6 of the United Nations 2030 Vision for Sustainable Development they will aim to ensure access to water and sanitation for all, this includes:
4/ HELPING TO IMPLEMENT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 6
Accelerating programmes to increase access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in rural and urban settlements
Implementing the drinking water and sanitation targets and monitoring processes.
Building a shared vision and action plans for controlling man-made water pollution and managing wastewater
Ensuring sustainable water economics to provide services sustainably
Addressing the need to produce more food, energy and industrial output with the water available
5/ AquaFed signed the Paris Pact on Water Adaptation (COP21)