Global Water Leaders announce new model for water access

Posted: Tuesday 11th April 2017

Major study backed by major businesses, utilities, and NGOs shows the way ahead for water.

A new approach to accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals for Water and Sanitation has been launched today to coincide with World Water Day. Backed by the Global Water Leader Group and the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Water, New Models for Water Access outlines how the problems of bad water and sanitation can be solved at a lower overall cost than our current inadequate arrangements. The secret is in innovating around the business model, the technology and governance.

Members of the Global Agenda Council on Water include co-founder Gary White, Nestle Chairman Peter Brabeck, Dutch Environment Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Veolia SVP Laurent Auguste, Water Health International founder Sanjay Bhatnagar, Suez CEO Jean-Louis Chaussade, Circle of Blue founder J Carl Ganter and former Water Aid CEO Barbara Frost. It is chaired by Usha Rao Monari, CEO of Global Water Development Partners. The Global Water Leaders Group brings together utility CEOs from around the world and is headed by William Muhairwe, formerly CEO of the Ugandan National Water and Sewerage Corporation.

The key findings of the white paper are:

The white paper's author, Christopher Gasson, Publisher of Global Water Intelligence and member of the Global Agenda Council on Water said: "Although we achieved the Millennium Development Goal for water in 2015, the reality is that new investment in infrastructure has not been keeping pace with the depreciation of the existing assets. Services in many parts of the world are actually getting worse. The GAC was charged with developing a new economic model which will help reverse this, and I think that we have done that.

"The next step is to develop pilot projects to show that this thinking can actually make the difference."

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