Being aquaresponsible refers to all actions a municipality must undertake to ensure the good management of its water resources and the adequate provision of water services in order to guarantee the:
- protection and sustainable use of water resources;
- optimisation of service quality;
- most advantageous cost;
- optimization and durability of infrastructures.
Being aquaresponsible is strongly related to sustainable development. An aquaresponsible municipality:
- Protects its drinking water sources.
- Provides adequate treatment of the water and monitors the quality of the distributed water.
- Promotes responsible consumption (saving drinking water); sets up water saving measures; optimizes the management of the distributed water.
- Manages wastewater during wet-weather conditions, including the associated pollution and flooding.
- Provides adequate treatment of wastewater from various sources.
- Provides maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement of infrastructures according to programmes that guarantee the sustainability of services and the use of resources in the long term.
- Adapts the infrastructures to climatic change.
- Provides suitable continuous training for operation and planning staff.
- Optimizes management of human-, equipment- and financial resources dedicated to water.
- Optimizes costs for water services; reasonable invoicing for resource use, and administrative and political accountability with regard to the quality and cost of the water services.
- Prepares, updates, monitors and provides feedback on annual and triennial action plans to ensure the quality of service and sustainability of the infrastructures.
- Informs citizens on existing services and on projects currently under development.
- Monitors the quality of receiving waters.
- Develops access to water courses and creates recreational facilities and activities for citizens and visitors.