Asian developing country urban water supplies have progressed little in the last 20 years. Coverage in cities with 24 hour piped, potable water is still under 50 per cent in most cities. Coverage with sewerage is much lower. Unaccounted for water still averages about 35 per cent of production. The author brings his 25 years experience in developing country water supplies to bear in examining why we have failed and what must be done to get on the right track. Features of this book: * The book identifies the myths and realities in the sector * It looks at issues and solutions under a number of important topics * Governance and tariffs are identified as both core problems and core solutions * Reference is made to recent field data, including (i) a survey of 20 cities in 20 countries; (ii) case studies on water supplies in Male', Manila, Phnom Penh, Colombo, Kathmandu and Dalian; and (iii) case studies on small-scale water service providers in various cities * A new approach to development and management of water supplies is proposed, based on transparent government policy, regulation and benchmarking and the involvement of civil society * Finally, the author looks at what the goals should be and a strategy to achieve those goals Asian Water Supplies will be of great value to government agencies, municipalities, water utilities, consultants, donors and non-government organizations.
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