Economics of Sanitation Study in Provincial Cities of Vietnam

Created on 03 July 2012 Print Email

WMP is presently preparing for an important study on the economic benefits of investments in urban wastewater management. Conventional techniques of economic analysis will be utilized to generate outputs such as benefit-cost ratio and cost-effectiveness ratio.

The Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank (WSP) estimated the overall economic costs of poor sanitation in Vietnam to be US$780 million per year. Access to an improved private toilet is 94 percent in urban areas, less than 10 percent are connected to sewerage networks with treatment. The majority (three-quarters) of households have a septic tank of which a significant proportion are not properly designed nor have regular emptying with safe septage management— thus causing health risks and widespread pollution to water resources.

Workshop on Sector Monitoring 030811 187The WMP study will provide provincial leaders and officials in each of the nine provinces a concise report outlining the status of investment in urban wastewater management in their province and the expected benefits and outcomes if investment was increased. The report will provide investment decision-makers in the People's Committee and People's Council the evidence-based data, information and analysis they need for selecting the most appropriate level of investment in urban wastewater management given local socio-economic conditions. The study will begin in September.



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