Setting water tariffs right: Considerations and approaches

Mandalay's water is not only the cheapest in Myanmar, but it also has some of the lowest tariffs in South East Asia. There have been attempts to rectify this. 

In brief, this paper describes:

  • Governments must ensure access to water for all citizens as it is a right with far reaching social, political and economic implications. 
  • To facilitate sustainable access to quality water, an appropriate approach to water tariffs needs to be determined that considers various contextual challenges and opportunities. 
  • This brief looks at the potential options for Mandalay City to help them better understand how to set tariffs for water in their municipality. 
  • In order to improve this process, access to good data on the costs of running the system, including leakages, operations, and maintenance, is critical.

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