The WaterPlan Project

The WaterPlan Project aims at improving the protection of drinking water sources. The economic value of a safe access to source water of good quality is used in combination with risk assessment and ecosystem services to evaluate protective measures.

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Aims and objectives

The aim of the project is to enable well-informed analyses and prioritization of measures for protecting drinking water sources as part of future urban development. The economic value of a safe access to source water of good quality is used in combination with risk assessment for evaluating protective measures in spatial planning.

Specific objectives are to:

  • Characterize drinking water sources in terms of (a) what services they provide, (b) sources and extent of risk, and (c) management challenges.

  • Present methods for assessing risks to different types of drinking water sources, and how to adapt the assessment based on case study specific requirements.

  • Identify possible welfare consequences due to existing and future risks.

  • Monetize welfare consequences through (a) benefit transfer and (b) primary valuation studies in selected representative cases to determine the economic value of water protection measures for Swedish source waters with different characteristics.

  • Combine risk assessment results and the economic value of water protection, into a probabilistic economic decision analysis of possible water protection measures.

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Latest Publications

Economic valuation of drinking water quantity and quality: A literature review

The purpose of the literature review is to map earlier studies of economic values of drinking water quality and quantity, and to use this mapping for (a) evaluating the opportunities to transfer results from earlier studies to a Swedish setting, and (b) learning from earlier experience how potential new primary valuation studies in a Swedish setting could be designed.