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Sydney water: pricing for sustainability

Kompas, Tom; Grafton, Quentin


We examine how scarcity pricing can be used to assist with urban water demand management in Sydney in low rainfall periods using an estimated aggregate daily water demand function. Modelling shows that current water supplies and water prices are inadequate to prevent Sydney reaching critically low water storage levels should there be a low rainfall period similar to what occurred in 2001/2005. Simulations indicate that, in low rainfall periods, the water price needed to balance supply and...[Show more]

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