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.
Foreword Esteban de las Heras Balbás 1. Introduction Cecilia Tortajada, Francisco González-Gómez, Asit K. Biswas and Miguel A. García-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 Germà Bel, Francisco González-Gómez and Andrés J. Picazo-Tadeo 8. Public choice of urban water service management: a multi-criteria approach Alberto Ruiz-Villaverde, Francisco González-Gómez and Andrés J. Picazo-Tadeo 9. Adopting versus adapting: adoption of water-saving technology versus water conservation habits in Spain Roberto Martínez-Espiñeira and María Á. García-Valiñas 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 María Á. García-Valiñas 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
Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.