Policy framework: The Netherlands

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    Organizational structure. In the Netherlands the drinking water supply is primarily considered to be the government’s responsibility, although it is organized as a public utility. While countries like France and the United Kingdom have opted for privatization of the water supply, the Netherlands still leaves open a supervisory role for public authorities. the general opinion of both the government and the water supply companies themselves is that they disapprove of privatization in the water supply sector. the Dutch government officially declared itself not to be a proponent of full privatization of water supply companies (VROM, 1993). This statement is motivated by the conflict the government sees between the interests of consumers and those of shareholders. the consumers’ interests lie in having a guaranteed delivery of water at a reasonable price level; public health interests lie in having drinking water of good quality that meets the drinking water standards. Both of these require a drinking water price based on actual costs. the Dutch solution, which takes the form of commercial operating companies with public authorities as majority shareholders, is considered by both the government and the water supply sector to be an adequate organizational structure to meet these requirements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDrinking Water Supply and Agricultural Pollution
    Subtitle of host publicationPreventive Action by the Water Supply Sector in the European Union and the United States
    EditorsGeerten J.I. Schrama
    Place of PublicationDordrecht/Boston/London
    PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
    Number of pages42
    ISBN (Electronic)978-94-011-5106-1
    ISBN (Print)978-94-010-6145-2
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

    Publication series

    NameEnvironment & Policy
    PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
    ISSN (Print)1383-5130


    • Drinking water
    • Target group
    • Agricultural sector
    • Manure problem
    • Policy framework


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