Spilled Water: Institutional Commitment in the Provision of Water Services

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CODE: B-114
EDITOR(s): Savedoff, William D. , Spiller, Pablo
PUBLISHED: June 1999
RELATED TOPICS: Microeconomics
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Latin America loses about nine trillion cubic meters of water each year, or some 30 percent of the water collected and treated for public consumption. While it is impossible for water systems to deliver 100 percent of their water to the household tap, Latin America could cut those losses by more than three-quarters by applying international standards to the management and operation of water systems. Spilled Water shows that the problem is not a result of insufficient capital, or lack of technical or manpower capability, but rather related to the political economy of the sector.

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