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Small Independent Water Providers: Their Position in the Regulatory Framework for the Supply of Water in Kenya and Ethiopia

Malcolm, RN, Ayalew, M, Chenoweth, J, Pedley, S, Okotto, LG and Mulugetta, Y (2014) Small Independent Water Providers: Their Position in the Regulatory Framework for the Supply of Water in Kenya and Ethiopia Journal of Environmental Law, 2014 (26 (1)). pp. 105-128.

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Abstract

The Millennium Development Goals included a target to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water by 2015 – a right recognized as fundamental to human needs. Small independent water endors are often the only water supply option in peri-urban neighbourhoods in developing countries and fill a critical gap in the municipal system, but there is concern about the quality and price of their water. Such vendors need to be recognized and regulated due to their role in meeting basic water needs. This article reflects on the lack of regulation and discusses a recent multidisciplinary research project in Kenya and Ethiopia that considered whether there is a case for regulation of competition, price and quality. It concludes that recognizing small independent water vendors as part of a regulatory framework will result in increased access to water for the poor and assist in the realization of the MDGs; the right to water; and, intergenerational equity.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Malcolm, RNUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ayalew, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Chenoweth, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pedley, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Okotto, LGUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mulugetta, YUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 April 2014
Identification Number : 10.1093/jel/eqt028
Uncontrolled Keywords : water vendors, water quality regulation, Millennium Development Goals,right to water, Kenya, Ethiopia
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 21 Aug 2015 08:56
Last Modified : 01 Apr 2016 01:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808323

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