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This book focuses on participation of the public and private sectors in urban water management and on the role of water pricing. It discusses in-depth topics such as public choices of urban water service management; dynamics of privatization and regulation of water services; adoption of water demand instruments; impacts of price and non-price policies on residential water demand; quality of water services; lessons from not-for-profit public-private partnerships; and critical examinations of models and projections of demands in water utility resource planning in England and Wales. Appropriateness of water prices and tariffs in achieving socially desirable outcomes is also analyzed and a global survey of urban water tariffs is approached with a focus on sustainability, efficiency and fairness. This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Management.
Cecilia Tortajada is the President of the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico. Francisco Gonzalez-Gomez is Professor at the Department of Applied Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business, and Researcher at the Institute of Water Research, University of Granada, Spain. Asit K. Biswas is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. Miguel A. Garcia-Rubio is Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Economics and Business, Faculty of Economics, and Researcher at the Institute of Water Research, University of Granada, Spain.
Foreword Esteban de las Heras Balbas 1. Introduction Cecilia Tortajada, Francisco Gonzalez-Gomez, Asit K. Biswas and Miguel A. Garcia-Rubio 2. Policy Brief: The urban water challenge Michael Rouse 3. Enhancing the performance of water prices and tariff structures in achieving socially desirable outcomes Dennis Wichelns 4. A global survey of urban water tariffs: are they sustainable, efficient and fair? David Zetland and Christopher Gasson 5. Glas Cymru: lessons from nine years as a not-for-profit public - private partnership David Lloyd Owen 6. A critical examination of models and projections of demand in water utility resource planning in England and Wales Gareth Walker 7. The dynamics of privatization and regulation of water services: a comparative study of two Spanish regions Germa Bel, Francisco Gonzalez-Gomez and Andres J. Picazo-Tadeo 8. Public choice of urban water service management: a multi-criteria approach Alberto Ruiz-Villaverde, Francisco Gonzalez-Gomez and Andres J. Picazo-Tadeo 9. Adopting versus adapting: adoption of water-saving technology versus water conservation habits in Spain Roberto Martinez-Espineira and Maria A. Garcia-Valinas 10. Assessing the impact of price and non-price policies on residential water demand: a case study in Wisconsin Arnaud Reynaud 11. Water demand management: review of literature and comparison in South-East Asia Eduardo Araral and Yahua Wang 12. Water service quality in Tanzania: access and management Maria A. Garcia-Valinas and Josepa Miquel-Florensa 13. State-of-the-art review: designing urban water tariffs to recover costs and promote wise use Sonia Ferdous Hoque and Dennis Wichelns
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