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Water Pricing Experiences and Innovations

  • Ariel Dinar
  • Víctor Pochat
  • José Albiac-Murillo


  • Describes recent water pricing designs and implementation experiences in various countries

  • Introduces several innovations in water pricing that have been taking place in selected countries

  • Provides a comprehensive and detailed information that can be used by other countries faced with water pricing issues


Part of the Global Issues in Water Policy book series (GLOB, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Ariel Dinar, Víctor Pochat, José Albiac-Murillo
    Pages 1-12
  3. Water Pricing Experiences in Selected Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Lin Crase, Nicholas Pawsey, Bethany Cooper
      Pages 15-39
    3. Moises de Andrade Resende Filho, Javier Santiago Ortiz Correa, Marcelo de Oliveira Torres
      Pages 41-61
    4. Steven Renzetti, Diane P. Dupont
      Pages 63-81
    5. Marielle Montginoul, Sébastien Loubier, Bernard Barraqué, Anne-Laurence Agenais
      Pages 139-160
    6. Kuppannan Palanisami, Krishna Reddy Kakumanu, Ravinder P. S. Malik
      Pages 161-180
    7. Antonio Massarutto
      Pages 201-230
    8. Hilda Guerrero-Garcia-Rojas, Faustino Gómez-Sántiz, J. Refugio Rodríguez-Velázquez
      Pages 231-247
    9. Marianne S. Schuerhoff, P. Hellegers
      Pages 249-262
    10. Bryan Jenkins
      Pages 263-288
    11. Barbara Schreiner
      Pages 289-311
    12. Javier Calatrava, Marian García-Valiñas, Alberto Garrido, Francisco González-Gómez
      Pages 313-340
  4. Innovations in Water Pricing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 341-341
    2. Dajun Shen, Xudong Yu, Jian Shi
      Pages 343-358

About this book


Water pricing to achieve conservation in scarce water resources is a major policy challenge.  This book provides credible evidence from water pricing experiences in various countries around the world. The book chapters, written by experts in water pricing from various countries, documents the past 10 to 15 years of water pricing experiences in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and Spain. The book includes also several chapters that review innovations in water pricing in various countries, such as new reform mechanisms, achieving social objectives via water pricing, achieving revenue recovery, water use efficiency and customer equity, and charging the poor.


Economic Efficiency Environmental Sustainability Financial Stability Social Equity Water Pricing

Editors and affiliations

  • Ariel Dinar
    • 1
  • Víctor Pochat
    • 2
  • José Albiac-Murillo
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Public PolicyUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA
  2. 2.Víctor Pochat ConsultingBuenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.Department of Agricultural EconomicsAgrifood Research and Technology Centre CITA-DGAZaragozaSpain

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


“This edited volume by Dinar, Pochat, and Albiac-Murillo provides the student of water policy with a wealth of information and data. … The book is a timely document. … is probably the best fit for the interested reader who is looking for the specific water policies in a particular country.” (Peter Debaere, Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. LIII, December, 2015)