Modeling consumer choice of non-networked water supply options in Maputo, Mozambique
- In cities of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), only 34% of the urban population had access to a piped water connection in their home or compound in 2010. Unconnected households in SSA instead typically rely on shared water points furnished by the public water utility, or small-scale, private providers (SSPs), yet little attention has been afforded to understanding how households choose among different off-plot water service options. Accordingly, little is known about the service attributes of a shared water supply option that matter most to users, and thus should receive the attention of practitioners and policy makers. Applying a revealed preference, discrete choice model, we investigate household preferences for shared water supply service options in peri-urban neighborhoods of Maputo, Mozambique, where service provision by small-scale water entrepreneurs is prevalent. In addition to service attributes typically measured in the water sector--such as time and money costs, reliability and perceived water quality-- we consider several measures of service quality and provider-client relationships that are not typically considered in the water planning framework. We find that several of these attributes are indeed significantly associated with households' water supply choices. Current efforts to define policy that supports SSPs in the water sector would benefit from considering a broader set of service-quality attributes that are particularly relevant to the urban and peri-urban poor.
|Type of resource
|electronic; electronic resource; remote
|1 online resource.
|Nicholson, Maika E
|Stanford University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
|Statement of responsibility
|Maika E. Nicholson.
|Submitted to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
|Engineering Stanford University 2013
- © 2013 by Maika Elizabeth Nicholson
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).
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