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Social Preferences for Improving Water Quality: An Economic Analysis of Benefits from Wastewater Treatment

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  • Areti Kontogianni


  • Ian Langford
  • Andreas Papandreou
  • Mihalis Skourtos
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    Greece has a large number of wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) under construction or recently completed. However, whilst the European Union provides funds for the capital development of WWTPs, there is often a lack of funding to maintain full operation of these plants. This study examines the case of a WWTP in Thessaloniki, Greece, which is currently only partially operational. We use the contingent valuation method to examine the willingness to pay of individuals to ensure the full operation of the WWTP, leading to significantimprovements in the water quality of Thermaikos Bay, which is adjacent to Thessaloniki. The average amount pledged of Euro 15.23 due every four months as an incremental increase in water rates matches the funding required to fully operate the plant. By examining the motivations of those willing to pay, we find that a complex combination of consumer and citizen modes of cognition, linked to self identity and pride in the city as well as moral and ethical concerns, determine individuals' commitment to the water quality improvement scheme. These findings have serious policy implications for gauging public support for environmental improvements. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

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    Article provided by Springer & European Water Resources Association (EWRA) in its journal Water Resources Management.

    Volume (Year): 17 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 5 (October)
    Pages: 317-336

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:waterr:v:17:y:2003:i:5:p:317-336
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1025866818391
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    1. Ian H. Langford & Ian J. Bateman & Andrew P. Jones & Hugh D. Langford & Stavros Georgiou, 1998. "Improved Estimation of Willingness to Pay in Dichotomous Choice Contingent Valuation Studies," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 74(1), pages 65-75.
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