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1 Water pricing for sustainability and the poor David Zetland Senior water economist Wageningen University The Netherlands

2 Covers some or all O & M costs Do not reflect externalities Do not usually recover capital costs Political pressure to keep prices low Operator desire to minimize spending Traditional water pricing...

3 Will reflect scarcity and system costs People decide to use less or more Rebate excess € per person or meter Full cost pricing is sustainable

4 Social tariffs are hard to target Failure to provide service (LDCs) Diversion from poor to rich Full cost pricing is fair

5 Prices that exceed cash costs Regulation for local conditions Social income transfers to the poor Independent of other policies (nexus) One priority: Allow private/public corporate water companies to serve customers without political interference Suggestions

6 Blog: aguanomics.com Book: endofabundance.com Data: WaterDataHub.org Contact: Thank you! This research project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/ ) / grant agreement # Project EPI-WATER “Evaluating Economic Policy Instrument for Sustainable Water Management in Europe”


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