This report presents a review of the qualitative data on the potential
economic benefits and costs of investments in the delivery of water
services at scale in developing countries.
The range of mechanisms with which water is conserved and managed is
considered, for example: water and sanitation for households; wastewater
collection; water for irrigation; and catchment management. A brief
analysis of the cost-effectiveness of each mechanism is provided, with
evidence provided from a range of sources for further reference.
A key section of the report explores issues around delivering water
services at scale, including the advantages, or not, of scaling up, and
presentation of potential business models.
The final section presents evidence for the potential economic benefits
and costs of research into increasing the sustainability of water system
services, including looking at important policy research issues such as
climate change, and industry and commerce, and the role of research in
water resource management.
Mountford, L. The supply of water services to scale. Evidence on Demand, UK (2013) 45 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_hd012.jan2013.mountford]