Urban Water Economies
Governance and the sustainability dilemma in global cities
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In these largely mature water economies, per capita use has usually begun to decline or at least level out, although the causes are not clear. Yet provision costs have not declined commensurately, often generating a conservation-driven crisis. Sometimes complications arise from the need of megacities to reach across administrative boundaries and watersheds to secure their supply. One key focus of the work is the evolution of pricing of water and sanitation as a political and governance issue as well as economic.
The authors review different approaches and perspectives that examine key urban water governance issues but primarily pull together water stories without imposing a model a priori. Their synthesis proposes that paths depend upon critical choices at certain tipping points and larger governance considerations beyond the water sector.
Part 1: Introduction 1. The Water World of Global Cities 2. Water Pricing and its Delinking from Water Use 3. Basic Human Needs in an Ageing, Downsized World 4. Non-price Conservation Measures 5. Institutional Reform Part 2: Case Studies 6. Beijing and North-South Diversion 7. Hong Kong and the Dongijang Salvation 8. Singapore and the Search for Independence 9. Sydney - Where Conservation May Have Worked Too Well 10. Osaka and Lake Biwa 11. Seattle - High-priced Water 12. New York 13. London 14. Paris Part 3: Overview and Conclusions 15. Common Problems, Different Solutions 16. Emerging Issues