Water supply and sewage treatment is organised differently in every country. Such services could be provided by regional governments, specialised institutions or private businesses. In some countries, water authorities and drinking water suppliers fall under one institution. Depending on the specific tasks in each country, these institutions can also be responsible for general water management and the prevention of floods.
Drinking water institutions have an interest in the conservative care for groundwater and drinking water so that they can ensure a steady supply at all times. Climate change forms a risk to this interest, as periods of drought will become more common.
Next tot heir practical use, drinking water institutions can also play an important role in climate adaptation indirectly. Their great knowledge and experience in the field of water can, when shared, help in understanding the bigger processes.
Generally, drinking water companies are big institutions. They mostly work together with government and professional organisations. At this point their cooperation with other stakeholders such as citizens is limited.