Water Sector Corruption Impedes Sustainable Development

Clean, safe water will remain out of reach for millions of people and billions of investment dollars will be lost if government leaders, utilities, and investors do not stem corruption in the global water industry, according to a report released last month by the Berlin-based Water Integrity Network (WIN).

Awareness about the misconduct that affects water delivery systems, infrastructure projects, and policy has grown over the past decade, but there is little indication that levels of corruption have declined, the report found. Moreover, corruption occurs at all levels of government and in private businesses. It can take many forms, from bribes paid to acquire water service, to lax enforcement of pollution laws, to the misuse of funds earmarked for water system improvements.

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