Public institutions

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Statutory bodies with functions including policy-making, regulation, enforcement and operations. They can be responsible for the allocation of water rights, environmental management related to water use, water quality, land use planning and financial management of water resources. Regulatory bodies also have a function in setting prices and performance standards for water utilities (economic regulation). In some cases the same body undertakes regulation and enforcement; in others there is a separation. Operational bodies can have various mandates, e.g. to develop infrastructure, to monitor and manage data or to train sector professionals. When public institutions procure and manage contracts for goods and services with external contractors – i.e. during procurement and contract management – they are referred to as ‘project owners’.


GWP, 2013b, Regulatory bodies and enforcement agencies (B1.05), ToolBox – Integrated Water Resources Management, Global Water Partnership (GWP),, accessed 24.11.2015

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