Economic Asset in an Urbanizing World

  • Pay Drechsel
  • Manzoor Qadir
  • Dennis Wichelns

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction and Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dennis Wichelns, Pay Drechsel, Manzoor Qadir
      Pages 3-14
    3. Javier Mateo-Sagasta, Liqa Raschid-Sally, Anne Thebo
      Pages 15-38
    4. Bernard Keraita, Pay Drechsel, Javier Mateo-Sagasta, Kate Medlicott
      Pages 39-54
    5. Manzoor Qadir, Javier Mateo-Sagasta, Blanca Jiménez, Christina Siebe, Jan Siemens, Munir A. Hanjra
      Pages 55-72
  3. Socio-economics of Wastewater Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Pay Drechsel, Olfa Mahjoub, Bernard Keraita
      Pages 75-92
    3. Munir A. Hanjra, Pay Drechsel, Javier Mateo-Sagasta, Miriam Otoo, Francesc Hernández-Sancho
      Pages 113-136
  4. Costs and Benefits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Pay Drechsel, George Danso, Manzoor Qadir
      Pages 139-152
    3. Manzoor Qadir, Eline Boelee, Priyanie Amerasinghe, George Danso
      Pages 153-167
    4. Miriam Otoo, Javier Mateo-Sagasta, Ganesha Madurangi
      Pages 169-192
  5. Thinking Business

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Krishna Rao, Munir A. Hanjra, Pay Drechsel, George Danso
      Pages 195-216
    3. Solomie Gebrezgabher, Krishna Rao, Munir A. Hanjra, Francesc Hernández-Sancho
      Pages 217-245
  6. Outlook

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Munir A. Hanjra, Pay Drechsel, Dennis Wichelns, Manzoor Qadir
      Pages 271-278
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 279-282

About this book


The books provides a timely analysis in support of a paradigm shift in the field of wastewater management, from ‘treatment for disposal’ to ‘treatment for reuse’ by offering a variety of value propositions for water, nutrient and energy recovery which can support cost savings, cost recovery, and profits, in a sector that traditionally relies on public funding. The book provides new insights into the economics of wastewater use, applicable to developed and developing countries striving to transform wastewater from an unpleasant liability to a valuable asset and recasting urbanization from a daunting challenge into a resource recovery opportunity.


Business models Cost recovery Energy and nutrient recovery Faecal sludge reuse Resource recovery and reuse Wastewater use, water reuse, water reclamation

Editors and affiliations

  • Pay Drechsel
    • 1
  • Manzoor Qadir
    • 2
  • Dennis Wichelns
    • 3
  1. 1.Int. Water Management Institute (IWMI)ColomboSri Lanka
  2. 2.United Nations University Institute for Water, Env. and HealthHamiltonCanada
  3. 3.Agricultural Water ManagementBloomingtonUSA

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