Sustainable Water and Sanitation Services: The Life-Cycle Cost Approach to Planning and Management

1st Edition

Livelihoods & Natural Resource Managment Institute, International Water & Sanitation Centre, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Watershed Support Services & Activities Network

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Published December 24, 2013
Reference - 330 Pages - 20 Color & 150 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415828185 - CAT# Y148399
Series: Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management

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Summary

Based on the work of the WASHCost project run by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC), this book provides an evaluation of the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors in the context of developing countries and is the first systematic study of applying the life-cycle cost approach to assessing allocations. It presents unit cost estimates of the WASH sector across geographic locations and technologies, including rural and peri-urban areas, and these are compared with service levels. It analyses detailed data from more than 5000 households across nine agro-climatic zones in Andhra Pradesh State in India. Key issues assessed include poverty analysis of service levels, cost drivers and factors at the village and household level, and governance aspects such as transparency, accountability and value for money in relation to unit costs and service levels.   

This is the most comprehensive study of the WASH sector in India and elsewhere that utilises the life-cycle cost approach, along with GIS, econometric modelling and qualitative research methods. Not only does it contribute to research and methodology in this area, but the analysis also provides valuable insights for planners, policy makers and bi-lateral donors. The authors show how the methodology can also be applied in other developing country contexts.

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