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Type Journal Article - International Journal of Water Resources Development
Title Domestic water access and pricing in urban areas of Mozambique: between equity and cost recovery for the provision of a vital resource
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers 1-17
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07900627.2014.907734#.VHWTS_mUd8F
Abstract
This article first presents the urban domestic water access situation in Mozambique. Then it analyzes the country's tariff system as a tool to recover water supply costs and to secure equity and affordability for the urban households served. The analysis focused on those households with in-dwelling water access (less than 50% of the urban population in Mozambique). Urban families using 5 m3, 10 m3, and 15 m3 of in-dwelling piped water per month pay an average of USD 0.86, 0.74, and 0.76 per m3, respectively. At the national level, cost recovery is an issue because in most urban areas operation and maintenance costs are not fully covered. The average coverage ratio for the country is 0.85. The presented figures indicate that a revision of the water tariffs currently applied in Mozambique could help improve equity, affordability and cost recovery.

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