Water is vital for human and economic development, and for maintaining ecosystems. However, billions of people lack access to water and sanitation services, mainly due to poor governance and inadequate investment and maintenance. The situation is becoming more urgent due to increasing pressure, competition and even conflict over the use of water resources.
This report examines: strategic financial planning for water supply and sanitation that balances the key resources of revenues for the water sector - the "3Ts" of taxes, tariffs and transfers; the design and implementation of water pricing strategies that balance financial sustainability with other policy objectives; recent development in private sector participation in the water sector; and trends and the future outlook of water use in agriculture. It considers both developing and OECD countries and offers concrete recommendations and checklists for action. The report is an invaluable resoruce for policy makers, academics, NGOs and all others interested in the challenges facing the water sector today.
Chapter 1. Setting the Stage
Chapter 2. Financing Water and Sanitation Services: Key Challenges and the Way Forward
Chapter 3. Water Services: The Central Role of Tariffs
Chapter 4. Beyond Money: The Roles of Governments and Private Actors in Water Services
Chapter 5. Managing Water Resources in the Agricultural Sector
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Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General