Demand function estimate for residential water in Oman

Hemesiri Kotagama, Slim Zekri*, Rahma Al Harthi, Houcine Boughanmi

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Current subsidies to residential water users in Oman are estimated at USD 314 million/y. This study estimates the demand function for residential water in Muscat, Oman, for households living in villas. A two-stage least squares econometric model with lagged average water price was used with socio-economic variables. Price elasticity for residential water in Muscat was estimated as –2.10. This high price elasticity is explained by the large proportion of water used for outdoor purposes. This study indicates that it may be possible to manage water demand in Muscat through modifying the price of water and reforming subsidies for residential water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)907-916
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Water Resources Development
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2 2017


  • Oman
  • Water demand
  • outdoor uses
  • residential uses
  • water price elasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Water Science and Technology


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