Risk perception, choice of drinking water and water treatment: Evidence from Kenyan towns
2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
This study uses household survey data from four Kenyan towns to examine the effect of households’ characteristics and risk perceptions on their decision to treat/filter water as well as their choice of main drinking water source. Because the two decisions may be jointly made by the household, a seemingly unrelated bivariate probit model is estimated. It turns out that treating non-piped water and using piped water as a main drinking water source are substitutes. The evidence supports the finding that perceived risks significantly correlate with a household’s decision to treat/filter unimproved non-pipe water before drinking it. The study also finds that higher connection fees reduce the likelihood of households connecting to the piped network. Because the current connection fee acts as a cost hurdle that deters households from getting a connection, the study recommends a system where households pay the connection fee in instalments, through a prepaid water scheme or through a subsidy scheme.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Washington DC: Resources for the Future , 2013.
, RFF Discussion Paper EfD, 13-10
risk perception, water quality, drinking water, water treatment
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-19681OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-19681DiVA: diva2:638854
FunderSida - Swedish International Development Cooperation AgencyFormas