Valuing drinking water provision as an ecosystem service in the neuse river basin
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The valuation of ecosystem services such as drinking water provision is of growing national and international interest. The cost of drinking water provision is directly linked to the quality of its raw water input, which is itself affected by upstream land use patterns. This analysis employs the benefit transfer method to quantify the economic benefits of water quality improvements for drinking water production in the Neuse River Basin in North Carolina. Two benefit transfer approaches, value transfer and function transfer, are implemented by combining the results of four previously published studies with data collected from eight Neuse Basin water treatment plants. The mean net present value of the cost reduction estimates for the entire Neuse Basin ranged from $2.7 million to $16.6 million for a 30% improvement in water quality over a 30-year period. The value-transfer approach tended to produce larger expected benefits than the function-transfer approach, but both approaches produced similar results despite the differences in their methodologies, time frames, study sites, and assumptions. © 2010 ASCE.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000058
Publication InfoElsin, YK; Jenkins, WA; & Kramer, Randall A (2010). Valuing drinking water provision as an ecosystem service in the neuse river basin. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 136(4). pp. 474-482. 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000058. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/6743.
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Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Global Environmental Health
Randall Kramer is the Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Global Environmental Health in the Nicholas School of the Environment and deputy director of the Duke Global Health Institute. Before coming to Duke in 1988, he was on the faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has held visiting positions at IUCN--The World Conservation Union, the Economic Growth Center at Yale University, and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry. He has served as a consultant to t