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Investment in water infrastructure: Findings from an economic analysis of a national programme

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  • John Lawlor
  • Colm McCarthy
  • Sue Scott

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Mixed findings emerge from this ex post Cost-Benefit Analysis of a major water investment programme in Ireland. Water supply and conservation investments, where most benefits were internal, generally proved worthwhile. Wastewater investments could not be analysed fully due to lack of environmental data. Here the authors estimated the level of 'willingness-to-pay' that would have been required to 'justify' the investments. In some cases the required level seemed implausibly high, raising questions as to prioritisation of projects. The authors recommend a more systematic approach to recording environmental benefits in future investment programmes, the next likely wave being in new EU member states seeking to meet environmental standards. The EU, as likely co-funder of these investments, should require systematic recording of environmental benefits.

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  • John Lawlor & Colm McCarthy & Sue Scott, 2007. "Investment in water infrastructure: Findings from an economic analysis of a national programme," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 50(1), pages 41-63.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:50:y:2007:i:1:p:41-63 DOI: 10.1080/09640560601048309
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    1. Sean Lyons & Joe O’Doherty & Richard Tol, 2010. "Determinants of Water Connection Type and Ownership of Water-Using Appliances in Ireland," Water Resources Management: An International Journal, Published for the European Water Resources Association (EWRA), Springer;European Water Resources Association (EWRA), vol. 24(12), pages 2853-2867, September.
    2. Mavra Stithou & Stephen Hynes & Nick Hanley & Danny Campbell, 2012. "Estimating the Value of Achieving “Good Ecological Status”in the Boyne River Catchmentin Ireland Using Choice Experiments," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 43(3), pages 397-422.
    3. Morimoto, Risako, 2010. "Estimating the benefits of effectively and proactively maintaining infrastructure with the innovative Smart Infrastructure sensor system," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 44(4), pages 247-257, December.
    4. Stithou, Mavra & Hynes, Stephen & Hanley, Nick & Campbell, Danny, 2011. "Estimating the Value of Achieving ‘Good Ecological Status’ under the Water Framework Directive in the Boyne River Catchment: A Mixed Multinomial Logit Approach," Working Papers 148928, Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit, National University of Ireland, Galway.

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