A new survey from EurEau brings
together the latest data on
drinking water and wastewater
services across Europe. How have
things changed over eight years?
WWi magazine reports
It was originally in 2009 when EurEau’s (European Federation of National Associations of Drinking
Water Suppliers and Wastewater
Services) data survey on drinking water
and wastewater in Europe was frst
presented. The survey includes national
technical and economic data, ranging
from population connection rates to
drinking water supply. Eight years later
and the results from a revised survey
have been published.
“A lot has changed in the intervening
eight years,” says Bruno Tisserand,
president of EurEau. “Technology is
improving, innovation is increasing
and consumers are demanding more
environmentally sound and cost
In total, data was collected from 29
member states across Europe, from
Austria to Slovakia.
However, EurEau issues a word of
caution: “These very different national
circumstances do not allow for simple
comparisons between countries.
Substantial differences can also occur
within countries, depending on the local
INVESTMENT AND TARIFFS
Annually, European water services
invest approximately €45 billion in
water infrastructure, suggesting that
€93.5 is invested per inhabitant, per year.
Such investment is fnanced mainly
through taxes, transfers and tariffs. For
the latter, the average annual water
utility bill across Europe came in at
just under €400. Norway and Denmark