This study is aimed at developing internal reform plans for a water department of Seoul City by
benchmarking it with selected best practices of the world. At first a performance indicator system was
developed to logically evaluate concerns, problems, and issues of the Seoul water department. Since it is
typical of Korean water services providers, the Seoul water department was selected while Tokyo’s in Japan
and Denver’s in America were selected since they were considered as best practices of public waterworks
much similar in governing structure to the one in Seoul. The results of benchmarking concluded that Seoul
has traditionally been emphasizing more on “being a good public servant” providing drinking water services,
and should be reformed in directions emphasizing ‘entrepreneurship’ to overcome its current limitations.
Based on the results, a road map to reform the Seoul water department was established. Since it is typical
in Korea, the reform plans and road map established were further recommended for reforming other drinking
water services providers in Korea.