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Title:Making water affordable to all: A typology and evaluation of options for urban water pricing PDF Logo
Authors:Lehmann, Paul
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:UFZ-Diskussionspapiere 10/2011
Abstract:An important criterion for the design of urban water prices is the affordability of water supply for poor customers. This paper presents a typology of water pricing options which policy-makers have at their disposal in order to address affordability. A review of theoretical insights and empirical experiences reveals, however, how the real-world performance of these options depends on the characteristics of their technological and socio-economic environment. Moreover, possible trade-offs between affordability and other criteria, including efficiency, financial sustainability and administrative simplicity, are pointed out. Thereby, the paper is meant to assist policy-makers in identifying water pricing options which are appropriate for their context.
Subjects:administrative simplicity
financial sustainability
water pricing
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:UFZ-Diskussionspapiere, Fachbereich Sozialwissenschaften, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ)

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