National governments must restructure subsidies and properly price water through tariffs, in order to include cost recovery for water treatment and delivery. Shifting the cost of water delivery from taxpayers to actual users will also encourage efficiency and conservation; and would enhance accountability and sustainability.
Through strong political and legal frameworks, national governments can partner with private sector operators who are strong in technical and managerial know-how.
National governments can encourage investment and borrowing by issuing municipal bonds to pay for infrastructure upkeep and expansion.
The Global Water Fund advises governments on national water strategies for water resources; poverty reduction strategies; financing infrastructure; political barriers; economic reform; scarcity and security measures; risk and future scenarios; and new technologies and innovative financing mechanisms.