This book explores the interface between environmental and social elements of water pricing policies in OECD countries. It focuses on affordability of water services and social measures aimed at resolving these affordability problems. The book considers how environmental and social safeguards are addressed under different models of water utility ownership and management. Drawing on a case study in Mexico, the book explores social problems associated with the transition from one level of water service provision to another.
Table of contents:
Executive Summary Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Measuring the Affordability of Household Water Charges Chapter 3. Social Measures for Household Water Charges: Balancing Environmental and Social Concerns Chapter 4. Governance and Private Sector Participation Chapter 5. Managing the Transition to Improved Water Services Chapter 6. Improving Access to water Services: Mexico Chapter 7. Summary and Conclusions Annex A. Data Sources for Chapters 2 and 3 Annex B. Operation of "Flanders-Type" Household Tariff, including "Free Allowances per Capita." Bibliography