Willingness and Ability to Pay for Rural Water

by Jonathan Platt, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Boise, United States,
Steven Piper, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Boise, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


Estimates of willingness to pay for rural water systems were developed in South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Montana from responses to contingent valuation surveys. Ability to pay was also estimated based on current water bills after adjusting for income and public debt.

Subject Headings: Rural areas | Water supply | Water management | Economic factors | Construction management | Feasibility studies | Hydrographic surveys | Construction costs | United States | South Dakota | Oklahoma | Montana

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