Indicator - Financial cost recovery and affordability of water services in Europe

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This is an EIONET consultation on a new indicator for financial cost recovery and affordability of water services in Europe. The indicator assesses the financial cost recovery for public water supply and sanitation services as well as address to the affordability of medium and low-income households in Europe, for the period 2005-2019 based on data collected from WFD 2nd RBMP reporting (2016) and Eurostat database.  

Financial cost recovery and affordability of water services in Europe

Background information on the methodological implementation is provided under the Supporting Information section of the draft indicator as well as separate excel documents are provided to tracking the underlying data of this indicator. Please consult with the excel files " Public water supply_Prices & Cost recovery_WFD2016_viewer”, “Public water supply_Prices_Eurostat [urb_cenv]_viewer” and “Affordability_water & other needs_viewer” to following the underlying data, data processing and computation of this indicator values at country, river basin and city level.

We kindly invite your comments and suggestions to this indicator. The format is that of an EEA indicator assessment, but we have set this consultation through the talkback tool, as this enables us to manage comments in a structured way. Note that the indicator has not yet been through editing nor final graphical layout, so you do not need comments on these aspects at this time.

Section 1 is the indicator assessment. This section provides assessment on the financial cost recovery of public water supply and sanitation services at the river basin level as well as affordability of those services at the country. A dataset on water prices of public water supply at the city level is also provided for those cities where data is available. The figures presented will be interactive on the final indicator page with filtering options for EU, country, river basin and city levels.  

Section 2 is the supporting information. This section provides detailed information on policy relevance of this indicator, data availability, the methodological aspect, uncertainties, data and information references.

Section 3 is the Further comments. This section allows you to make more general comments.

The consultation is open until 31st January 2022.

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We hope you find the draft indicator interesting and look forward to receiving your comments. 

Thank you very much for your expert assistance. 


Files attached to this consultation
Section Comments
1. Indicator assessment 54
2. Supporting Information 25
3. Further comments 5