Urban Water Economics

Graham Squires*, Graham Squires

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter looks at 'environmental resource' issues in connection with water. Externalities as the third-party costs and benefits are analysed using water pollution as an applied example. This external cost is then examined in relation to the introduction of water pollution control. Natural resource economics (NRE) is applied with regards to water production and consumption in urban areas, which have increasing wants for water resources that are scarce. Sustainable development objectives are further introduced in the chapter as both a theme and as applied water examples in practice. Valuing the environment using the example of water as a resource is also demonstrated. International cooperation and agreement on water issues require economic thinking on both local and global scales, especially as water has less regard for the national administrative boundaries they cross.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater Resources in the Built Environment: Management Issues and Solutions
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781118809167, 9780470670910
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2014


  • Natural resource economics (NRE)
  • Urban water economics
  • Water pollution control
  • Water resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science


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