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TitleThe cost of sustaining sanitation services for 20 years can be 5-20 times the cost of building a latrine
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsIRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, The Hague, NL
Secondary TitleWASHCost infosheet
Pagination6 p.; 2 tab.
Date Published2012-10-01
PublisherIRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
Place PublishedThe Hague, The Netherlands

Expenditure on sanitation in countries where WASHCost has carried out research is too low, and is focused almost entirely on the capital costs of building latrines. There is a striking difference between the expenditure required to provide a basic service and what is actually being spent. Too little is spent on stimulating and sustaining demand for hygienic latrine use and in ensuring that latrines are kept clean and in good repair. The absence of arrangements for pit emptying and measures to ensure environmental protection is adversely aff ecting service levels. [authors abstract]

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