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The EU must further protect water resources and the environment and strengthen public trust
AquaFed's Manifesto for Water in the EU
The future of the water sector
AquaFed Viewpoint: The European water and sanitation sector must stay focused on the biggest priorities
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World Water Day 2019
AquaFed is a proud supporter of the 2019 World Water Day campaign: "Leaving no one behind"
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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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Committed to Integrity
AquaFed is committed to promoting integrity in the water sector. We work with all stakeholders on good and transparent governance.
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Water and wastewater services delivered by Private Water Operators show steady growth.
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Global Cooperation
Senegal proudly kicks off the preparatory processes for the 9th World Water Forum, Dakar 2021
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22/03/20Special Issues 

AquaFed's World Water Day 2020 Commitment

Public private partnerships in water and sanitation will stand strong in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the long-term challenge of climate change   Just as we...

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05/02/20Global Issues 

Contribution to SRWatsan 2020 Inquiry

AquaFed has published its response to the study on the impacts of privatisation on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation.    Leo Heller, the UN...

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20/12/19Safe drinking Water 

Water infrastructure renewal is the real issue in Spain – not pointless public vs private debates

Water infrastructure renewal is the real issue in Spain – not pointless public vs private debates   While some people in Spain want to have pointless ideological p...

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The International Federation of Private Water Operators

Water is a crucial to sustainable development, the environment, society and economy. AquaFed works with the UN, national governments, public authorities and other key international stakeholders to lead change, share expertise and provide solutions to water and wastewater challenges.




The Private Water Operators' Industry

The private sector has been active in providing water and wastewater infrastructure and operating services around the world for centuries. Over time, different business models to respond to different conditions, cultures and legal systems. This evolution is a continuous process that requires operators to adapt and innovate to meet the needs of citizens and the cities and organisations that employ them. AquaFed’s members operate a wide range of systems, 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. Our members usually operate under the control of public authorities, through 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 a human right. AquaFed's members work to deliver these rights every day so that everyone can get access to quality water and sanitation.



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