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It costs a lot of money to provide low quality water and sanitation services - and more expensive technology alone will not solve the problem, Catarina Fonseca, Director of the WASHCost project, has told an audience of economists, WASH specialists and researchers. Research in four countries has found that switching from boreholes with handpumps to small piped services can triple the costs but often leaves people with service levels somewhere between sub-standard and basic.
The WASHCost project is working with partners in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique and in the Indian State of Andhra …
Author: Arjen Naafs
There is considerable interest in how to collect and use life-cycle cost information, which is critical to planning and budgeting for sustainable services. This document discusses how the information has been collected in Mozambique within the framework of the WASHCost project. An assessment is made of which tools have proven to be most suitable to collect which type of information, and this information will be useful for planning similar efforts in other provinces of Mozambique or in other countries.
A five-year IRC initiative unveils the hidden costs of water and sanitation services through action research that draws on the knowledge and perspectives of partners in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique and India. WASHCost offers new analytical approaches and methodologies with an aim of contributing to people's sustained access to water and sanitation (WASH) in rural and peri-urban areas by demonstrating the life-cycle costs of WASH services.
This working paper sets out a common framework to analyse and compare sanitation cost data across countries with different service delivery standards.
It represents a fundamental shift away from the focus on capital investment costs to the costs of sustainable sanitation services. It is valuable reading for anyone providing WASH services.
The first section of this paper outlines the scope and purpose of this Working Paper. Section two reviews sanitation levels in current use and proposes indicators of a sustainable sanitation service as a basis for the WASHCost sanitation levels. Section three presents sanitation service level norms and criteria in WASHCost countries. Section four sets out the proposed WASHCost sanitation service levels.