Providing a Basic Level of Water and Sanitation Services that Last: Cost Benchmarks

Oct 01, 2012
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Data collected by WASHCost using the life-cycle costs approach suggest benchmarks for the capital and recurrent costs of providing basic levels of sustainable water supply and sanitation service. The benchmarks should be interpreted with the understanding that local contexts can greatly influence cost. Nevertheless, the ranges presented will be useful for planning, assessing sustainability, and monitoring, and expenditure that significantly deviates is more likely to result in reduced service levels or long-term failure.