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Title:      A handbook for socio-economic analysis and management of water-supply facilities
Categories:      Natural resources
BookID:      139
Authors:      Misereor
ISBN-10(13):      0
Publisher:      Misereor
Publication date:      2013
Number of pages:      404
Language:      English
Rating:      0 
Picture:      cover
Description:     

The three volumes of this handbook have been primarily written for people working on water supply in rural areas. The main objective of the handbook is to increase the sustainability of water-supply facilities by providing detailed procedures for conducting socio-economic surveys prior to the physical installation of a water-supply system in a village or village cluster, procedures for establishing a management and institutional framework, and methods for calculating costs and revenues so as to determine tariffs for the water-supply services and ensure that the water-supply facility runs in a financially viable and sustainable manner.

The premise for preparing such a handbook was that a large number of water supply and sanitation systems in Afro-Asian countries either stop functioning within a few years or run sporadically and inefficiently, even though, in terms of the installation of infrastructure and technology input, they are usually seen to be satisfactory. This is usually because insufficient efforts were made to set up institutional mechanisms to manage the facility and to establish financial procedures for collecting revenue through water-supply fees. Often, large investments are made in infrastructure, but such projects fail to deliver the services or benefits commensurate with the investment.

The original French version of this handbook (2007) dealt with water supply and its costing and management for determining fees. Although the handbook focuses on water supply for drinking and agriculture, a similar methodology could be applied for sanitation and wastewater disposal facilities. The reader can adapt the approaches described as required.

The handbook has been prepared keeping in mind the framework of water-sector programmes. It is a working tool and guide meant not only for partners of MISEREOR, but also for all communities facing similar situations in developing and managing water-supply facilities in rural areas.

This handbook consists of three volumes:

1. Socio-economic analysis of the environment.

  • Socio-economic analysis of the intervention zone and the village environment,
  • Specially designed surveys of households and local village leaders/resource persons, and
  • Procedures for verifying and approving applications made by the community for support for a water- supply facility.

2. Management of water-supply facilities

  • Methods and tools of analysis for the utilisation and management of existing and pro-posed water-supply facilities,
  • Approaches to administrative, technical and financial management of water-supply facilities in rural areas, and
  • The methodology for adapting social animation to the management of water-supply facilities.

3. Calculating the costs of sustainable water-supply services in rural areas.

  • Methods and tools for calculating the investment and implementation costs of the pro-ject,
  • Methodology and instruments for calculating the cost of water supply, and
  • Illustrative examples for calculating the cost of supplying water from different types of facilities and structures.

Contents

Volume 1. Socio-economic analysis of the environment

Introduction

Summary

Approach for socio-economic studies for a water-sector programme

1. Socio-economic analysis of the intervention zone

2. Socio-economic analysis of the village environment

3. Household survey

4. Processing and analysing survey data

5. Scrutinising and authenticating applications for support

6. Annexes

Volume 2. Management of water-supply facilities

Introduction

Summary

Framework for the analysis of water-supply facilities

Framework for the management of water-supply facilities

1. Analysing management and use of existing water-supply facilities

2. Analysis, management and use of proposed water-supply facilities

3. Setting up a water management committee

4. Administrative, technical and financial management of water-supply facilities

5. Community-organising methods

6. Annexes

Volume 3. Calculating the costs of sustainable water-supply services in rural areas

Introduction

Summary

1. Calculating investment costs

2. Calculating the costs of supplying water

3. Examples of calculating water-supply costs


Availability

  • Misereor

Role of Paul Mundy

Editing

Book owner:      paulmundy
   
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