Pricing Water Resources and Water and Sanitation Services

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In both OECD and non-OECD countries the water sector is facing the challenges of increased competition for water resources, deteriorating water quality, and the effects of climate change and poor management. In this context, how can countries ensure access to adequate, sustainable and affordable water and sanitation services for all?  

Pricing water-related services is an essential part of the answer. This report compiles reliable and comparable data on pricing water and on water supply and sanitation services across OECD countries. It sheds additional light on such policy issues as the choice of tariff structures for water services, cost recovery for water services and affordability.

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Water pricing in OECD countries: state of play

This chapter provides a set of robust and comparable data on water prices in selected OECD countries. It covers abstraction charges, pollution charges, pricing water supply and sanitation for households and industrial users (including connection charges).

The data show that, generally speaking, efforts are being made in OECD countries to better reflect the costs and externalities related to water use by households and industrial users. This is reflected in the deployment of abstraction and pollution charges, in the level of prices (which have increased, at times substantially, over the last decade) and in the structure of tariffs (which better reflect consumption and treatment costs).

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