The Economics of Safe Drinking Water

Robert Innes, Dennis Cory

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This paper studies a drinking water market in which a water company, fa ced with random contamination, chooses a treatment system, treatment levels, and whether to notify consumers that they should drink bottled water rather than risk exposure to contaminants in the tap water. The paper describes efficient practices including protocols which prescribe when a company should notify customers to drink bottled water, and regulatory standards on post-treatment water quality that depend upon system size, the extent of contamination, and the customer notification decision. Implications fo r contemporary safe drinking water law are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Economics of Water Quality
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781351890939
ISBN (Print)9780754623717
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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