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Municipal pricing of water considering that water is both an economic and a social good - A pricing reform with implications for Romania

Hansson, Lars LU (2007) 4th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Management In Environmental Engineering and Management Journal 6(5). p.391-400
Abstract
One of the basic principles in the European policy to cope with the growing challenge of water scarcity is that water demand management should be considered before opting for additional water infrastructure. Die implication of this is that water must be treated as an economic good, which means that the "user's pays' principle" has to be implemented, At the same time there is much political consensus that the water price has to be "equitable". Water can be subsidized without violating the most fundamental economic principle, a price which gives the right incentives to economize with water use. That is marginal cost pricing, combined with a block tariff subsidizing the "basic" water needs, or by addressing the poor households directly, with... (More)
One of the basic principles in the European policy to cope with the growing challenge of water scarcity is that water demand management should be considered before opting for additional water infrastructure. Die implication of this is that water must be treated as an economic good, which means that the "user's pays' principle" has to be implemented, At the same time there is much political consensus that the water price has to be "equitable". Water can be subsidized without violating the most fundamental economic principle, a price which gives the right incentives to economize with water use. That is marginal cost pricing, combined with a block tariff subsidizing the "basic" water needs, or by addressing the poor households directly, with income support such as water stamps or concession cards. (Less)
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demand management, water scarcity, water demand, pricing
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Environmental Engineering and Management Journal
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6
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5
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391 - 400
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Gh. Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania
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4th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Management
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1843-3707
1582-9596
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  abstract     = {One of the basic principles in the European policy to cope with the growing challenge of water scarcity is that water demand management should be considered before opting for additional water infrastructure. Die implication of this is that water must be treated as an economic good, which means that the "user's pays' principle" has to be implemented, At the same time there is much political consensus that the water price has to be "equitable". Water can be subsidized without violating the most fundamental economic principle, a price which gives the right incentives to economize with water use. That is marginal cost pricing, combined with a block tariff subsidizing the "basic" water needs, or by addressing the poor households directly, with income support such as water stamps or concession cards.},
  author       = {Hansson, Lars},
  booktitle    = {Environmental Engineering and Management Journal},
  issn         = {1843-3707},
  keyword      = {demand management,water scarcity,water demand,pricing},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {391--400},
  publisher    = {Gh. Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania},
  title        = {Municipal pricing of water considering that water is both an economic and a social good - A pricing reform with implications for Romania},
  volume       = {6},
  year         = {2007},
}