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Financing wastewater services in developing countries


McCullough, J., Moreau, D. H., & Linton, B. (1993). Financing wastewater services in developing countries. (Water and Sanitation for Health Project. WASH Technical Report No. 80. Prepared for the Office of Health, Bureau for Research and Development, U.S. Agency for International Development). Washington, DC: U.S. Agency for International Development.


In recent decades, central governments in many developing countries have found it easy to obtain financial and technical assistance for water system construction. Rising urban demand for clean and safe water, combined with health and environmental concerns, have spurred donor agencies to fund water projects, usually based on U.S. models. However, two important aspects of expanded water services have received less attention: treatment and disposal of the higher quantities of wastewater that result and financing mechanisms for both operations and maintenance and capital investment in the wastewater sector.