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The development of private bore-wells as independent water supplies: challenges for water utilities in France and Australia


  • Jean-Daniel Rinaudo

    (BRGM - Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM))

  • Marielle Montginoul

    (UMR G-EAU - Gestion de l'Eau, Acteurs, Usages - CIRAD - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement - IRD - Institut de Recherche pour le Développement - AgroParisTech - IRSTEA - Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l'environnement et l'agriculture - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques de Montpellier)

  • Jean-François Desprats

    (BRGM - Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM))


In developed countries, a number of factors are leading a growing number of households to drill private boreholes as independent water supplies. This chapter describes this phenomenon based on two case studies conducted in Southern France and Western Australia. It shows that, while the development of private wells was encouraged by the authorities in Perth, it is a major source of environmental, public health, economic and social concern for French water utilities. Household's motivations to develop independent supply are then investigated. We finaly discuss how water utilities need to adapt their management practices (setting tariffs, demand forecasting and resource protection) to take into account this phenomenon.

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  • Jean-Daniel Rinaudo & Marielle Montginoul & Jean-François Desprats, 2015. "The development of private bore-wells as independent water supplies: challenges for water utilities in France and Australia," Post-Print hal-01290169, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01290169
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    France; Australia; water supply; private bore-wells;

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