|Title||Life-cycle costs of rainwater harvesting systems|
|Publication Type||Working Paper|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Batchelor, C, Fonseca, C, Smits, S|
|Secondary Title||Occasional paper series / IRC|
|Pagination||41 p.; 5 fig.; 9 tab.|
|Place Published||The Hague, The Netherlands|
|Keywords||rain, rainwater harvesting, service delivery, water supply|
Rainwater harvesting (RWH) is a centuries old technology that has the potential to play an increasingly important role in improving and sustaining water services delivery in many parts of the world. In the study reported here, the comparative utility and benefits of RWH are assessed from a life-cycle costs (LCC) perspective. In the context of water services delivery, life-cycle costs relate to the expenditure that is needed to ensure that water supply systems deliver sustainable and equitable services, throughout its life-cycle, from planning to implementation, operation, maintenance and replacement. In addition, the study looks into historical trends and drivers of RWH adoption, and the life-cycle costs of RWH systems compared to life-cycle costs of other water supply systems.
With bibliography on p. 34 - 37.
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