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TitleWillingness to pay for water in Kerala, India
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsRamasubban, R, Singh, B, Bhatia, R, Griffin, CC, Kim, C, Briscoe, J
Paginationvii, 65 p.: 18 fig., 24 tab.
Date Published1991-01-01
PublisherCentre for Social and Technological Change
Place PublishedBombay, India
Keywordsfield studies, india kerala, public standposts, rural supply systems, service connection charges, water consumption, water supply charges, willingness to pay

Three areas in Kerala State, India were studied in regard to their rural water supply problems. One area had abundant traditional water sources, one had traditional sources that were beginning to dry up, and the third had beginning saltwater intrusion into their traditional sources. The project was to determine the level of interest and willingness to pay for yard taps, including the monthly charge and installation fees. Public taps are existant in a few of the villages, but are frequently inoperational, resulting in several months' wait before restored to service. Some public taps serve 5 to 6 households, some 70 to 80. Three bidding "games" were conducted, varying rates of connections and monthly tariffs. Most households already connected to public water supplies were willing to pay more than households not yet connected; including, in one case, a 400% increase for an improved system.

NotesBibliography: p. 41 (10 ref.)
Custom 1264.0, 822



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