Water Research Commission

Complexities with Water pricing and governance

Tuesday 25 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: NL Pillar Hall

This workshop is aimed at sharing a number of dimensions that pertain to different levels of governance which addresses national and regional economic paradigms that depend on water and its role in the economy and its pricing policies.Water pricing as an instrument of water management has been experimented with in many countries with varying degrees of success. Some have been in the context of well thought through national policies, and others on an ad hoc basis. In addition to the general pricing principles associated with most commodities, water pricing goes the extra mile to secure environmental integrity, human rights realization and is often core to economic strategy. These are theoretically realized, they are not always the core considerations in the design of water pricing and tariffing policies and strategies. Balancing the economic principles around efficient resource use with the multiplier effects which water-use in labour-intensive sectors such as agriculture in developing countries context is important. This proposed workshop is intended to challenge the conventional economical rational which provides a competitive edge to capital-intensive industries (due to their increased ability to implement water-saving technologies) compared with the labour-intensive sectors. This has profound developmental implications for developing countries such as South Africa.


Welcome, Introduction and Purpose Eiman Karar (WRC)

CASE STUDIES 16:10-17:00

1. Right of access to water and free basic water Mr Yogan Reddy, PWC South Africa 2. Water pricing in Botswana. Mrs Bogadi Mathangwane, Deputy Director, Department of Water Affairs, Botswana. 3. Water pricing in Brazil: Short or is it enough? Water pricing implementation in three regions of Brazil.; Dr Alberto Palombo, IWRN Brazil tbc 4. Raw Water pricing for Groundwater Abstraction in Cagayan de Oro (CDO)", Prof Rosalina Palanca-Tan. Philippines 5. Pricing and Water Markets in the Murray Darling Basin, Dr Colin Mues. Australia Panel discussion Facilitator Dhesigen Naidoo WRC Dr Johanna Sjodin (SIWI) Dr Xavier Leflaive(OECD) Dr Philippe Floch (African Development Bank) Prof Ted Horbulyk (University of Calgary)