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AquaRating
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IDB AquaRating Initiative

AquaRating is a system based on an international standard for the evaluation and improvement of water and sanitation utilities. AquaRating offers a comprehensive and impartial evaluation of the utilities’ performance, based on indicators, best practices and reliable information.

AquaRating was originated in 2008 by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and developed in close collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA), with the main goal of strengthening the water and sanitation sector 

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The rating system allows for better planning and decision-making processes for the utilities’ management to achieve sustainable and efficient outcomes; also, to foster internal initiatives within the organization related to: Strategic Planning, Change Management, Innovation, Continuous Improvement and Knowledge Management

The main users of AquaRating are water and sanitation utilities. Nevertheless, the system is also useful for other stakeholders, such as financial institutions, development agencies, regulators and public authorities.

How the rating system was created

AquaRating is a result of a joint development process lead by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in close collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA), host of the AquaRating Entity. During its 5 years of execution, the AquaRating design and test phases received valuable contributions from utilities performance assessment internationally recognized experts, regulators and government entities, multilateral organizations, national development agencies, and other water sector relevant agents.

The IDB has licensed IWA to start the rst rating agency for water and sanitation services providers, the AquaRating Entity. The rating system has been tested in thirteen utilities in nine European and Latin American and Caribbean countries. A worldwide market introduction of AquaRating started in 2015.

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AquaRating is a result of a joint development process lead by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in close collaboration with the International Water Association (IWA), host of the AquaRating Entity. During its 5 years of execution, the AquaRating design and test phases received valuable contributions from utilities performance assessment internationally recognized experts, regulators and government entities, multilateral organizations, national development agencies, and other water sector relevant agents.

The IDB has licensed IWA to start the rst rating agency for water and sanitation services providers, the AquaRating Entity. The rating system has been tested in thirteen utilities in nine European and Latin American and Caribbean countries. A worldwide market introduction of AquaRating started in 2015.

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