Collecting life-cycle cost data for WASH services: A guide for practitioners
The life-cycle cost approach (LCCA) is a methodology to comprehensively identify and analyse the full costs of delivering water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, including infrastructure and both direct and indirect support. It helps decision makers involved in planning, budgeting and service delivery understand the cost consequences of different service delivery models so that they can make informed decisions.
This document is a guide for collecting data, conducting surveys and interviews, and contextualising the information. It addresses water services but is equally useful for assessing sanitation services. The guidance was developed for Ethiopia; for other countries, some terms may need to be adapted. The goals and realities of the project or programme in which the LCCA is applied may require you to be innovative and deviate from the outlined approach.