Economic Valuation of Wastewater

The Cost of Action and the Cost of No Action

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This book presents the results of an analytical study on the economic valuation for wastewater, comparing the cost of no action versus the cost of effective wastewater management.




Over the years, wastewater has been a source of pollution due to urbanization, growing cities, industrialization and improved material consumption, among other factors. Today, an estimated 80 per cent of global wastewater is being discharged untreated into the world’s waterways. This affects the biological diversity of aquatic ecosystems and disrupts the fundamental web of our life support systems, on which a wide range of sectors from urban development to food production and industry depend.


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