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The impact of tap connection on water use: the case of household water consumption in Dakar, Senegal




Predicting residential water demand for non-connected households that obtain connections is a crucial issue for water planners in developing countries. We propose a technique derived from Heckman (1976) to accurately measure the expected increase in water use due to access to tap water while controlling for differences in characteristics between connected and non-connected households. Illustration is made on a cross section of 246 households from Dakar, Senegal. We show that getting a tap connection induces an expected increase in water use of 26 L per capita per day.

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  • Briand, Anne & Nauges, Céline & Strand, Jon & Travers, Muriel, 2010. "The impact of tap connection on water use: the case of household water consumption in Dakar, Senegal," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 15(01), pages 107-126, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:15:y:2010:i:01:p:107-126_99

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