This book was stimulated by and sets out to analyse a political battle over water pricing by a municipal system. Originally published in 1984, this title provides improved methods for demand function estimation where block rates are involved, suggests procedures for rational pricing of municipal water, and explains how politics can dominate when real decisions are made. Due to the additional virtue of this title being easy to read, it is ideal for students interested in environmental studies, economics, and policy making, as well as for those involved with municipal services and resource management in general.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Acknowledgements; 1. Conundrums About Water Scarcity 2. Water Furor in Tucson 3. Preachments in the Name of Conservation 4. Pricing Municipal Water 5. Price and Consumer Demand 6. The Political Feasibility of Raising Consumers’ Water Costs 7. Practices 8. Lessons from the Tucson Experience; Appendix: Estimation of Demand Where Price Is Expressed as a Multiple Block Rate Schedule; Index