Interview: Water regulators’ chair Andrea Guerrini on his battle for transparency and harmonisation

Nearly 20 years from its adoption, the Water Framework Directive is undergoing a “fitness check” by the European Commission that will result in a report this autumn and possibly new legislative proposals early next year. ENDS Europe asked the chair of European water regulators’ association WAREG, Andrea Guerrini, how he thinks the sector can achieve the EU’s goals of environmental sustainability, economic efficiency and social equity.

Guerrini’s biggest bugbear is that the water sector is behind others, for example energy, in terms of regulation. He says it suffers from a lack of harmonisation resulting in a patchwork of rules and tariff methodologies that have undermined efforts to achieve the goals of the EU’s Water Framework Directive, including those around sustainability. He despairs that, in some parts of the EU, it is still possible to be charged for water and wastewater usage based on the size of your property rather than actual consumption. 

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