Managing Urban Water Supply

  • Donald E. Agthe
  • R. Bruce Billings
  • Nathan Buras

Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 46)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Donald E. Agthe, R. Bruce Billings, Nathan Buras
    Pages 1-9
  3. Nathan Buras
    Pages 11-22
  4. Donald E. Agthe, R. Bruce Billings
    Pages 23-43
  5. Benedykt Dziegielewski
    Pages 45-70
  6. Donald E. Agthe, R. Bruce Billings
    Pages 71-86
  7. Donald E. Agthe
    Pages 103-113
  8. Steven Renzetti
    Pages 115-125
  9. Ronnie Levin
    Pages 127-145
  10. Devin L. Galloway, Laura S. Coplin, Steve E. Ingebritsen
    Pages 187-203
  11. Donald E. Agthe, R. Bruce Billings
    Pages 205-218
  12. Yoav Kislev
    Pages 219-240
  13. Kenneth F. Clarke
    Pages 241-255
  14. Donald E. Agthe, R. Bruce Billings, Nathan Buras
    Pages 257-269
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 271-277

About this book


We, the editors, have long believed that a strong knowledge of relatively simple economic and engineering concepts is valuable in solving water management problems. The lack of such knowledge has been apparent to us in some of the journal articles, research proposals and books we have reviewed. The articles which have been written concerning specific local water economies and management issues are scattered over a wide variety of journals, making them hard to access. Most of the extensive water resources literature is concerned with large regional water projects or with narrow technical and regional issues. This book was written to make practical economic and engineering concepts readily available to urban water supply managers, thereby filling a gap in the available literature. It is concerned with decisions made daily, monthly, or annually by managers of urban water supply systems. The book includes basic chapters presenting supply and cost concepts, calculation of demand elasticities, use of marketing concepts, public goods analysis, water markets, industrial water demand and the use of price in water conservation. The authors have included multiple examples of how these concepts can aid in managing urban water supply. The water provider is generally a governmental entity or regulated private utility. Most books on public utilities and their management emphasize gas, electricity, or telephone rather than water. Water is different because of m~or variations in quality by source and the necessity for proper disposal of waste water.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Donald E. Agthe
    • 1
  • R. Bruce Billings
    • 2
  • Nathan Buras
    • 3
  1. 1.TucsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Hydrology and Water ResourcesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6470-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0237-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0921-092X
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