Asian Water Supplies: Reaching the Urban Poor

Publication | August 2003

Most people living in cities would like to be connected to a 24-hour supply of piped water. Unfortunately, in most Asian cities less than 30% of the residents enjoy 24-hour supplies, and low service coverage and intermittent water supplies are the norm. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) would like to change this. ADB's "Water for All" policy emphasizes, among other things, expanding the delivery of water services, conservation of water, increased efficiencies, facilitation of the exchange of water sector information and experience, and improving governance. Asian Water Supplies - Reaching the Urban Poor has been produced for ADB by staff member Arthur McIntosh to provide greater understanding and awareness among key stakeholders on these matters. The book is particularly focused on ADB's overarching goal of poverty reduction.


  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Myths, Misconceptions, and Realities
  • Problems and Solutions
  • Water Resources Management
  • Water and Sanitation Service Coverage
  • Intermittent Water Supply
  • Water and Poverty
  • Small-Scale Water Providers
  • Management
  • Non-Revenue Water
  • Sanitation
  • Tariffs, Subsidies, and Development Funding
  • Private Sector Participation
  • Governance
  • Government Policy
  • Regulation and Benchmarking
  • Civil Society Involvement
  • Research
  • Guiding Principles
  • Strategy for Action
  • Messages to Stakeholders

Additional Details

  • Water
  • Urban Water
  • 070101
  • 971-561-380-2

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