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Household Willingness to Pay for Reliability of Water Supply and Quality in Chobe Suburb of Maun: An Application of the Contingent Valuation Method

G. Mmopelwa, D.L. Kgathi, W.R.L. Masamba and A. Thukuza
Botswana Notes and Records
Vol. 37, Special Edition on Human Interactions and Natural Resource Dynamics in the Okavango Delta and Ngamiland (2005), pp. 97-107
Published by: Botswana Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40980407
Page Count: 11
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Household Willingness to Pay for Reliability of Water Supply and Quality in Chobe Suburb of Maun: An Application of the Contingent Valuation Method
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Abstract

Water supply in Maun is unreliable and unpredictable, and most households experience water shortage all year round. Coping strategies for households include water storage in tanks. Water quality is also poor due to its salty taste, presence of sediments and colour. The majority of households have henceforth embarked on coping strategies such as buying bottled water. On average, households spend about P71 per month as avoidance cost. A contingent valuation method assessment was carried out and it was found that the mean maximum household's willingness to pay for a water quality improvement fund was P55 per month. Chemical analysis carried out on water samples from the study area confirm that the water has high electrical conductivity, sediments, colour, and iron and manganese levels.

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