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Assessing sanitation service levels

Conventional sanitation ladders rank sanitation in increasing complexity of technological options. However, sanitation improvement is not as straightforward as the concept of 'a ladder' with incremental improvements. For example, from a user perspective, a VIP toilet may in some circumstances be a better option than a septic tank system. There is a wide gap between technologies and service provision, especially when O&M considerations are taken into account. This working paper from IRC’s WASHCost project sets out a common framework to analyse and compare sanitation cost data being collected across different country contexts (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique, India) with different service delivery norms and standards. It represents a fundamental shift away from the focus on capital investment costs, to the costs of sustainable sanitation services [authors' abstract]. 

TitleAssessing sanitation service levels
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsPotter, A, Klutse, A, Snehalatha, M, Batchelor, C, Uandela, A, Naafs, A, Fonseca, C, Moriarty, PB
Secondary TitleWASHCost working paper
Volume3
Edition2nd ed.
Pagination27 p. : 16 fig.
Date Published07/2011
PublisherIRC
Place PublishedThe Hague, The Netherlands
Publication LanguageEnglish and French
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, costs, evaluation, sanitation services, sdiman, WASHCost
Abstract

Conventional sanitation ladders rank sanitation in increasing complexity of technological options. However, sanitation improvement is not as straightforward as the concept of 'a ladder' with incremental improvements. For example, from a user perspective, a VIP toilet may in some circumstances be a better option than a septic tank system. There is a wide gap between technologies and service provision, especially when O&M considerations are taken into account. This working paper from IRC’s WASHCost project sets out a common framework to analyse and compare sanitation cost data being collected across different country contexts (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique, India) with different service delivery norms and standards. It represents a fundamental shift away from the focus on capital investment costs, to the costs of sustainable sanitation services [authors' abstract]. 

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Translated TitleL’évaluation des niveaux de service d’assainissement
Original PublicationAssessing sanitation service levels
Citation Key67839

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