Piped networks can give better services – but at a much higher cost than boreholes and handpumps
Updated - Friday 07 December 2012
Although users tend to receive a better service from piped networks they have higher initial capital and recurrent expenditure. Larger piped services tend to be 25%-50% cheaper per person to construct than smaller ones.
In Andhra Pradesh,operational and minor maintenance expenditure on piped networks is roughly 5-8 times higher per person than for boreholes with handpumps amounting to a mean of 4% annually of the initial capital expenditure. OpEx for all piped schemes was between US$0.4 and US$4.8 per person per year.