Aguaconsult’s Harold Lockwood has been providing technical support to the USAID Sustainable WASH systems programme and has recently published the following report – Sustaining Rural Water: A Comparative Study of Maintenance Models for Community-Managed Schemes. As rural water supply coverage rates rise across many countries, attention is increasingly being paid to finding and implementing cost-effective mechanisms to ensure this improved initial access is sustained over time. Conventional approaches to maintenance have largely been based on voluntary community-based management with communities taking on the burden of maintenance themselves, with limited, if any, support from external agencies or local government. Recently, there have been attempts to professionalize maintenance services and make these services affordable at the point of delivery. This study considers different variations of maintenance approaches. It provides a typology for characterizing maintenance service provision models, a framework for analyzing them, and an in-depth study of seven maintenance models that represent different cases from the typology of approaches. Based on this comparative analysis, the study outlines emerging trends and recommendations for broader consideration.
RWSN discussions on rural water and sanitation
Cost effective ways to leave no-one behind in rural water and sanitation – Summary on the RWSN E-discussion
Last week I provided a training on a capital maintenance expenditure – or CapManEx – tool to staff from the Ministry of Water and Environment in Uganda.
Aguaconsult, together with our long-standing partner in Ghana, Maple Consult, is now carrying out a follow-up assessment of the first phase of the Rotary-USAID partnership which invested in water supply, sanitation and hygiene interventions in five districts in 2012.
In the WASH sector the basic element of water – so fundamental to life – is seen as a vehicle to achieve targets: SDGs, full coverage to households and to improve the quality of life of millions. However, many others sectors which support the enabling environment, the financial flows or even the sustainability of water and sanitation services such as agriculture and hydropower are perceived as competitors or even polluters. Not forgetting that in rural areas most of the households are farmers too, so from their perspective the line between WASH, water resources and other aspects of their lives is actually really thin.
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