For sustaining of a WSS over its design period, operation and maintenance cost should be fully recovered from the users. Therefore, willingness to pay and affordability survey of households in small and medium towns is a prerequisite for selection of proper scheme, its implementation and financial sustainability.

In this paper, the economic impact of having a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) for medium sized towns (Sivas and Fethiye) in Turkey with the objective of environmental pollution prevention is assessed by taking investment and operation costs, required tariff levels, affordability and willingness to pay of the users into account.

Performance improvement planning helps service providers in bringing about incremental improvements in services by applying the principles of commercial orientation and financial viability. This overview paper discusses the context for performance improvement plans in India, and the key elements and objectives
that such strategies should constitute.

come May, water may no longer be free for Kolkata residents. The city has decided to levy a water tax. "The idea is to recover the operation and maintenance costs of supplying water,' says B K

Starting with the Taxation Enquiry Commission (1953) to the Committee on Pricing of Irrigation Water (1992) we have routinely heard discussions on improving the management of irrigation systems.

Come June 2008 and citizens will have to fork out a sum ranging between Rs 75 and 110 per month as water tax but under the name of water service charges or water levy.

Click here to enlarge view the much delayed plan to supply water to Kathmandu is set to roll. On February 13, the Nepal government said the newly formed Kathmandu

This book is a synthesis of strategies and best practices adopted by various countries in irrigation management transfer. It identifies key concerns such as water user associations' structure and functions, financial mobilization and constraints, repair and maintenance of physical structures, operation of canal systems, capacity building and monitoring mechanisms. It also identifies enabling environments, including regulatory mechanisms, and the role of non-governmental organizations. It is largely based on secondary sources, with references to experiences across the world.

Since 2002, Hiware Bazar has been doing an annual budgeting of water assisted by Ahmednagar district's groundwater department. Every year, the village measures the total amount of water available in

the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (mcgm), on December 7, cleared a proposal to introduce differential water tariffs in the city. Under the system, water bills will be calculated on the