Fighting Arsenic: Listening to Rural Communities Willingness to Pay for Arsenic-Free, Safe Drinking Water in Bangladesh



Water and Sanitation Program- South Asia
The World Bank

Little effort has been made to understand people's preferences and willingness to pay for arsenic mitigation technologies. The focus has been more on technology and whether it works rather than on what people want. In particular, people's willingness to share the costs of more robust and sustainable solutions, such as a rural piped water supply, has not been explored. The fact that household preferences among arsenic mitigation technologies have not received due attention provided the motivation for a major study of this aspect in the context of rural Bangladesh. The study focused on people's evaluation of the proposed solutions to the arsenic problem, expressed in terms of their ranking of the effectiveness of mitigation technologies and their willingness to pay for them. Other aspects covered in the study are people's perception of the arsenic problem and the steps they are taking after discovering contamination in their water source

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  • Writer Name: A Junaid, BN Goldar, M Smita, M Jakariya
  • Published Date: Wednesday, 11 December 2002
  • Country: Bangladesh