Economics of Water Resources: From Regulation to Privatization

Economics of Water Resources: From Regulation to Privatization

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The appearance of this Second Edition has been encouraged by the favorable reception of the first. This has offered us the opportunity to update the materials and to expand the exposition ofour central theses concerning (1) the integration of water quantity-quality issues and the treatment of water as a multi-product commodity, with the market playing a major role in determining water quality-discriminant pricing; (2) the drawbacks of public controls, regulation and enforcement, and the need to expand privatization of water supply and of water and wastewater treatment facilities to ensure their appropriate development and modernization through increased reliance on private capital; (3) the unification and centralization of water management on the river basin level in order to handle effectively the expanding pressures for water availability, for the elimination of waterborne disease, for extensive and effective pollution abatement as well as coping with the related issues of soil erosion, siltation in streams, channels, and reservoirs, protection against distress from drought and floods, and with the myriad problems relating to the environment, recreation, and navigation. We have maintained the division ofthe book into four major parts and 12 chapters.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 342 pages
  • 162.6 x 241.3 x 25.4mm | 793.8g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed. 1998
  • XXVII, 342 p.
  • 0792380967
  • 9780792380962

Table of contents

Preface. Part I: The Conceptual Framework. 1. Water Resources Management. 2. Water Demand Side. 3. Water Supply Side. 4. Market Processes in Water Allocation. Part II: Integration of Water Quantity-Quality. 5. Pollutants and Their Specific Impact. 6. The Economic-Ecological System. 7. Water Reuse and Recycling. Part III: Interaction of Management and Policies. 8. Assessment of Administrative Controls. 9. Impetus for Water Privatization. 10. Management on River Basin Levels. 11. Quality-Discriminant Water Pricing. Part IV: The Scope of Regulations. 12. Regulations Compatible with Privatization. References. Appendices. Indexes.
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Review quote

`The authors of this worthwhile book should be commended for their thorough research of numerous aspects of water quantity, quality, economics and management of water resources, and modeling for water quality-discriminant pricing. ... this book is of interest to all concerned with water resources. ... a thorough, timely, and valuable contribution to the literature on water resources. From an academic perspective, this book would make an excellent supplemental text for an economics course on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.'
Quarterly Bulletin of the Iranian Academic Association in North America, 3:1-2 (1998)
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