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Water demand and the urban poor: A study of the factors influencing water consumption among housholds in Cape Town, South Africa

dc.contributor.authorJansen A.
dc.contributor.authorSchulz C.-E.
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-15T15:57:41Z
dc.date.available2011-05-15T15:57:41Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationSouth African Journal of Economics
dc.identifier.citation74
dc.identifier.citation3
dc.identifier.issn382280
dc.identifier.other10.1111/j.1813-6982.2006.00084.x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/10535
dc.description.abstractWater demand management is a key focus area for most water managers and even more so in developing countries since improved access to water is important to the poor. Different policies have been introduced to ensure a water management system th at cares for the poor, among them the Increasing Block Tariff (IBT) structure. Studies demonstrate that it is very important to know the shape of the demand curve when deciding on the IBT structure. This paper adds to the understanding of the factors that influence water consumption. The focus is on how water demand patterns vary with the level of income among urban dwellers. The results support the hypothesis that pricing is an ineffective measure to manage water consumption among the poor, while it is relatively more effective for the richest group. Therefore, redistribution using water pricing policy will hardly work. © 2006 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2006 Economic Society of South Africa.
dc.subjectlow income population
dc.subjectpricing policy
dc.subjecturban population
dc.subjectwater demand
dc.subjectwater management
dc.subjectAfrica
dc.subjectCape Town
dc.subjectSouth Africa
dc.subjectSouthern Africa
dc.subjectSub-Saharan Africa
dc.subjectWestern Cape
dc.titleWater demand and the urban poor: A study of the factors influencing water consumption among housholds in Cape Town, South Africa
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionArticle


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