This is an introductory level book for those primarily interested in the provision of urban water. Topics include pricing, supply cost, industrial use, subsidence, water markets, drinking water regulation, market regulation, finance, and water provider organization. Early chapters present the basic theory, using urban water examples, necessary for understanding the later chapters. Chapters deal with pricing, price analysis, supply cost, industrial use, subsidence, water markets, drinking water regulation, market regulation, finance, and water provider organization. Leading experts in subsidence, drinking water law and policy, water markets, industrial water demand, and water supply contributed chapters. The text provides a comprehensive survey of literature on local urban water provision and management that is found scattered over a wide variety of technical periodicals. Attention is paid to economic management and organization of urban water suppliers. Case studies of Arizona, United Kingdom, Houston Texas, and Israel are presented.
Table of ContentsTable of Tables. Table of Figures. Preface. Contributors. 1. Introduction; D.E. Agthe, R.B. Billings, N. Buras. 2. Hydrology and Water Supply; N. Buras. 3. Price Rationing; D.E. Agthe, R.B. Billings. 4. Water Supply Economics; B. Dziegielewski. 5. Elasticity of Demand for Water Resource Managers; D.E. Agthe, R.B. Billings. 6. Water Transactions as an Urban Water Supply Strategy; B.G. Colby. 7. Market Structure and Price Regulation; D.E. Agthe. 8. Industrial and Commercial Water Demands; S. Renzetti. 9. Public Drinking Water in the United States; R. Levin. 10. Water System Organization and Financial Decision Making; R.B. Billings. 11. Drinking Water Disinfection in the United States: Balancing Infectious Disease, Cancer and Costs, Market and Nonmarket Failures; R. Levin, M.A.R. Kleiman. 12. Effects of Land Subsidence in the Greater Houston Area; D.L. Galloway, L. Coplin, S. Ingebritsen. 13. Solving Groundwater Overdraft in Arizona Urban Areas; D.E. Agthe, R.B. Billings. 14. Urban Water in Israel; Y. Kislev. 15. The British Experience; K.F. Clarke. 16. Concluding Remarks; D.E. Agthe, R.B. Billings, N. Buras. Index.