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TitleUniqueness of water services
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsPietilä, PE, Katko, TS, Seppala, OT
Secondary TitleE-WAter
Pagination17 p.; 2 fig.
Date Published2010-05-18
PublisherEuropean Water Association, EWA
Place PublishedTampere, Finland
Keywordssafe water supply, sanitation services, water supply, water supply services

Water services, both community water supply and sanitation, present several special characteristics compared to other commodities. This paper first discusses water as a basic need and a human right, an economic good, a public good, a non-substitutable good and a local resource. Then it presents a three-phase PESTEL (political, economic, socio-cultural, technical, environmental/ecological, and legal) analysis of Finnish water services by a group of experts. Water is an economic as well as a public good with a mixture of other features that vary by time and place. [authors abstract]

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