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TitleAn analysis of 35 water districts : prospects and pitfalls in integrated water services in the Philippines
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSy, J
Secondary TitleField note / WSP
Pagination7 p. : 5 fig., 7 tab.
Date Published2009-08-01
PublisherWater and Sanitation Program - East Asia and the Pacific, WSP-EAP
Place PublishedJakarta, Indonesia
Keywordsefficiency, evaluation, institutional aspects, philippines, sdiasi, sdiman, urban areas, water authorities

This Field Note looks into the experience of integration among municipalities and cities under a water district structure. Water districts—local public corporations serving urban areas with a population of at least 20,000 people—serve the largest portion of urban populations with house connections of all providers in the Philippines. Using data from 35 integrated and 109 non-integrated water districts, the study confirms the potential advantage of increasing scale to the reduction of unit costs. However, the study notes that integrated water districts did not perform as well as non-integrated water districts of the same size because of higher fixed costs and greater inefficiency.

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