Sustainable Development Briefing Note

From the Background section:
"The South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) in interior British Columbia, presents a rare opportunity to disentangle the effects of metering and education from the effects of pricing. A preliminary analysis, comparing water use in drought years before and after the implementation of metering and pricing, suggested a minor reduction in water use due to metering and education, and a larger effect from pricing (Pike, 2005).

This Briefing Note, the fifth in a series on economic instruments for water demand management,3 explores the SEKID example in greater detail. Presenting the first rigorous analysis of the effect of water pricing in Canada that takes weather into account, we find no strong evidence of an effect from metering and education. Pricing, however, seems to have significantly reduced water use."

See the Briefing Note [PDF].