Water supply is a key issue across Southeast Asia, and nowhere more so than in the Philippines, where widespread water shortages and pollution have made it a central policy issue. Two studies in Manila have recently played important roles in the development of this policy. The first looked at the pressing problem of domestic water supply in the run-up to its privatization. The second looked at the industrial use of groundwater. Both studies showed that economic principles can be applied to the management of this scarce resource with positive results.
Manila’s Water Supply: Getting Water to Work