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  • Submitted by: Finland
  • Topic: Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
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  • Location: finland
  • Date of completion: 2000
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Green economy policies, practices and initiatives
Water supply and sewerage policies
Description/achievement of initiative

Water supply and sewerage policies in Finland are designed to guarantee the availability of good quality drinking water, and to ensure that waste water is efficiently collected and suitably treated to acceptable standards.
Source: UNCSD Secretariat (2010) Questionnaire for the Member States on Experiences, Success Factors, Risks and Challenges with Regard to Objective and Themes of UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)

"Water supply and sewerage policies in Finland are designed to guarantee the availability of good quality drinking water, and to ensure that waste water is efficiently collected and suitably treated to acceptable standards. Municipalities have the primary responsibility for providing water supply and wastewater treatment. These services are financed by charges to the user based on a full-cost principle, which means that the total cost of providing the water services should be paid by the users. However, the situation may differ to some extent due to state subsidies for water management. In addition, water and waste water tariffs are decided by each municipality. The charges for water supply and wastewater service both vary from one municipality to another, however, the average total price for blocks, including the volume component and fixed components in 2008 was 1.27 EUR per m3 for water supply and 1.90 EUR per m3 for wastewater treatment."

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