Water Pricing to Achieve Efficient Allocation Among Competing Users

by Duane J. Rosa, West Texas State Univ, Canyon, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


In many areas of the country experiencing drought or limited water availability, efficient water pricing offers the best conservation and allocation strategy. This paper analyzes the use of a water pricing strategy incorporating competing demands from agricultural, municipal and industrial water users to achieve efficient allocation under conditions of limited resource availability. Issues regarding the formulation of water pricing policies are also discussed.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Water conservation | Pricing | Water resources | Water supply | Droughts | Water use | Irrigation water

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