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User perceptions of and willingness to pay for household container-based sanitation services : experience from Cap Haitien, Haiti

Household-level container-based sanitation (CBS) services may help address the persistent challenge of providing effective, affordable sanitation services for which low-income urban households are willing to pay. Little is known, however, about user perceptions of and demand for household CBS services. This study presents the results of a pilot CBS service programme in Cap Haitien, Haiti. One hundred and eighteen households were randomly selected to receive toilets and a twice-weekly collection service. After three months, changes in these households’ satisfaction with their sanitation situation, along with feelings of pride, modernity and personal safety, were compared to 248 households in two comparison cohorts. Following the service pilot, 71 per cent of participating households opted to continue with the container-based sanitation service as paying subscribers. The results from this study suggest that, in the context of urban Haiti, household CBS systems have the potential to satisfy many residents’ desire for safe, convenient and modern sanitation services.

TitleUser perceptions of and willingness to pay for household container-based sanitation services : experience from Cap Haitien, Haiti
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRussel, K, Tilmans, S, Kramer, S, Sklar, R, Tillias, D, Davis, J
Secondary TitleEnvironment and urbanization
Volume27
Issue2
Pagination525-540
Date Published10/2015
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordswillingness to pay
Abstract

Household-level container-based sanitation (CBS) services may help address the persistent challenge of providing effective, affordable sanitation services for which low-income urban households are willing to pay. Little is known, however, about user perceptions of and demand for household CBS services. This study presents the results of a pilot CBS service programme in Cap Haitien, Haiti. One hundred and eighteen households were randomly selected to receive toilets and a twice-weekly collection service. After three months, changes in these households’ satisfaction with their sanitation situation, along with feelings of pride, modernity and personal safety, were compared to 248 households in two comparison cohorts. Following the service pilot, 71 per cent of participating households opted to continue with the container-based sanitation service as paying subscribers. The results from this study suggest that, in the context of urban Haiti, household CBS systems have the potential to satisfy many residents’ desire for safe, convenient and modern sanitation services.

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DOI10.1177/0956247815596522
Custom 1

10.1177_0956247815596522[PII]26640322[pmid]

Short TitleEnviron Urban

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