Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Improving Free Basic Water Provision in South Africa

Access to a basic level of clean water is guaranteed as a right in South Africa's Constitution, and municipalities are responsible for delivering this service. This report examines how well three municipalities deliver water services to poor households while striving to recover costs through cross-subsidization. The authors identify issues to consider when structuring a water pricing system and suggest for directions for future research.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Workshop in International Public Affairs, Public Affairs 860, taught by Andrew Reschovsky in Spring 2009
  • Author(s): Paulina Calfucoy, Jeramia Cibulka, Joseph Davison, Thomas Hinds, and Minhye Park
  • Client Name: the Republic of South Africa Financial and Fiscal Commission