Water Utilities Resilient to Economic Crisis

Up until 2008, water utilities in developing countries have been able to deal with the outfall of the global food, fuel, and financial crises, according to a new report released by the World Bank and the World Bank-administered Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). The International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities (IBNET) Blue Book is the first published benchmarking of data collected over the past decade from 3,000 utilities in more than 100 countries that helps water utilities and governments improve services for all, including the poor. “The IBNET Blue Book summarizes the effort of the World Bank and WSP to set and encourage the use of performance assessment standards for water utilities in developing countries,” said WSP Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist and coauthor Alexander Danilenko. The report also showed that over time, utilities demonstrating openness and transparency by participating in the voluntary data collection performed by IBNET made significant progress towards sustainability. Full Story