||Public water supply is a perquisite of modern economic development and sustaining the services requires investment and maintenance of crucial infrastructures. Financing of public water supply could come from a combination of government subsidies and water service fees levied on the users. Deciding on a pricing structure and level would require through considerations of multiple factors, because on one hand it affects the public water sector’s ability to sustain its operations, on the other it determines the affordability of the basic services to all.
Using the method proposed during the first project year, the current water pricing structure and level have been reviewed in terms of strengths and weaknesses, and many stakeholders’ preferences regarding possible water pricing reforms have been compiled and assessed. Based on the research results of the first project year, recommendations on future water pricing policies have been proposed. During the second year, the project aims to further encourage public debates and discussions about water pricing reforms through conferences, community seminars, and special media coverage of policy issues related to water pricing, with the hope that a public consensus can be achieved. Through this project, administrative support would also be provided to the Water Resources Agency in promoting technical research and development for the management and quality improvement of public water services.