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Efficiency of urban water resource management and its evaluation

Vol. 18, Iss. 5, MAY 2019

Received: 11 March 2019

Received in revised form: 12 April 2019

Accepted: 23 April 2019

Available online: 30 May 2019


JEL Classification: O32, R00

Pages: 855–876

Erznkyan B.A. Central Economics and Mathematics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation

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Fontana K.A. Central Economics and Mathematics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation

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Subject We investigate prospects for formation and development of a highly efficient water resource management system as part of integrated urban governance.
Objectives The study aims to elaborate proposals to assess the competence of water resource management from the perspective of sustainability of urban development.
Methods The study employs analytical and logical methods, theoretical framework for assessing the water resource efficiency management in relationship to other sectors of urban economy.
Results The paper shows that inconsistent actions in managing different sectors of urban economy and the lack of informational transparency are a serious obstacle to the sustainable growth of urban ecosystem. We unveil water supply issues that require urgent solutions and offer proposals to assess the efficiency of urban water management. Good governance intends an objective assessment of water resource management. In the paper, we propose stages of such an assessment.
Conclusions We present proposals for assessing the efficiency of water resource management from the standpoint of incorporating the theoretical developments in the field of water supply into the general theory of city management and integrating the water policy measures into the practice of urban economy. The findings may be useful for executive authorities and all stakeholders involved in the urban water sector development.

Keywords: efficient management, urban water resources, sustainable city, environment, resource management


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