Environmental Economics

Assessing the Benefits of Drinking Water: A Primer for Stakeholders

This report was developed jointly by the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water and the National Center for Environmental Economics to provide information to stakeholders and other interested parties on analyzing the effects of regulations establishing Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for drinking water. It was created in response to new provisions contained in the 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), working closely with a group of stakeholders -- the Benefits Working Group of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council. The Amendments create specific requirements for assessing benefits and for using the resulting information in EPA decision-making. This document focuses on the benefits valuation issues commonly addressed by EPA's economists and policy analysts. It also briefly discusses the assessment of costs and risks, and provide references for more detailed information on these topics.

  • Keywords

    Subject:
    1. Benefits Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Stated Preference
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Stated Preference - Contingent Valuation
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Revealed Preference
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Stated Preference - Non-contingent Valuation
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Cost of Damages Avoided
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Revealed Preference - Wage Differential
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Benefits Transfer
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Revealed Preference - Consumption Choices
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Cost of Damages Avoided - Morbidity
    Environmental Media:
    b. Water
    b. Water - Drinking
    Authors:
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Bennett, John
    Geographic Area:
    United States
    Study Purpose:
    Methodology Guidelines
    Inventory Record #: EE-0476
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Office of Water, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water and Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, National Center for Environmental EconomicsAddress:
    City: State: ZIP:
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    E-mail:
  • Report Details
    Type:
    Draft
    Date:
    04/01/2002
    Number of Pages:
    137
    Comment:
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