1st Edition

Water Pricing and Public-Private Partnership

Edited By Asit Biswas, Cecilia Tortajada Copyright 2005
    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    There is no question that water pricing and public-private partnership can improve water management practices in the future. However, this concept is neither the cure-all many proponents argue, nor the disaster its opponents forecast. Providing a comprehensive and objective assessment of what does and does not work, where, why and under what circumstances, this informative collection assesses the social, economic, equity and institutional implications.

    This cohesive set of carefully selected essays, the result of The Third World Centre for Water Management and the Inter-American Development Bank's decision to objectively and critically assess the experiences in these areas, transcends the current dogmatic debate on these complex issues. Providing an in-depth analysis and assessment of the main issues and constraints of water pricing, private sector participation and their affect on water supply, the collection draws on illustrative case studies from Argentina, Brazil, the USA and Western European countries amongst others.

    This is a special issue of the Journal of Water Resource Development.

    Introduction  Water Pricing: an Outsider’s Perspective  Water Pricing Reforms: Issues and Challenges of Implementation  Problems with Private Water Concessions: A Review of Experiences in Latin America and other Regions  The Functions, Impacts and Effectiveness of Water Pricing: Evidence from The United States and Canada  Key Issues and Experience in U.S. Water Services Privatization  Institutional Framework for Water Tariffs in the Buenos Aires Concession, Argentina  Concepts of the Chilean Sanitation Legislation: Efficient Charges and Targeted Subsidies  Considerations on Price Setting for Water Use Charge in Brazil  Water Charges: Paying for the Commons in Brazil  Water Reform Across the State/Society Divide: the Case of Ceará, Brazil  Participation of the Private Sector in Water and Sanitation Services: Assessment of Guanajuato, Mexico  Water Prices in Spain: Possible Application for Latin America


    Asit Biswas, Cecilia Tortajada