Rural Drinking Water Committees
The Rural Drinking Water Committees are functional community-based organizations governed by the Neighborhood Boards Act, under Decree No. 58 in 1997, Law No. 19.418 and other community organizations of the Ministry of the Interior. The Committees assume the responsibilities of operating, engineering and supplying the quantity, quality and continuity of potable water necessary for the rural population. The Assembly is the principal authority of the Committee and is constituted by meeting all of its affiliates. The Committees are not for profit, have legal personality and their members enter and participate voluntarily, personally and non-delegable, so that no one can be forced to belong to it, or be prevented from withdrawing from it.
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- embedded in the constitution/legislation
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision