To create market conditions similar to those on the competitive markets and thus limit the companies’ monopolistic practices, the water sector is subject to financial regulation.Lars Fischer
Consumers cannot choose which water company they would like to receive drinking water from or which wastewater company they would like to discharge their wastewater to.
To create market conditions similar to those on the competitive markets and thus limit the companies’ monopolistic practices, the water sector is subject to financial regulation.
In order to ensure stable water prices and improve the overall productivity of the water sector, the Danish Water regulatory Authority lays down a cost-based revenue framework for all municipally owned water and wastewater companies as well as consumer-owned water companies that supply more than 800,000 m3 of water annually.
The efficiency requirements consist of an index-based general efficiency requirement, which is supposed to reflect the expected overall productivity changes, and a benchmark-based individual efficiency requirement, which is supposed to reflect the acquisition of efficiency potential.
The efficiency requirements are formulated as annual reductions of the revenue framework, and water and wastewater companies must therefore reduce their costs correspondingly over time, because there will be less revenue available to cover the total costs every year.
Thus, the purpose of the efficiency requirements is to give companies an incentive to improve the efficiency of their existing operations, while investing efficiently.
As a rule, the water sector is based on the so-called break-even principle. This means that a water company's expenditure and income must balance, measured over a number of years.
DANVA, the Danish Water and Wastewater Association, is an industry organisation for drinking water companies and wastewater companies in Denmark. DANVA is a nonprofit association, funded by its members and through commercial activities.