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