This short note gives some key elements on the following questions: What is the cost of maintaining a pump in rural areas of Sierra Leone? How much does it represent per family user? Is it affordable? How can these contributions be organised and managed transparently at village level?
The main conclusion is that, once a pump is restored to a certain standard, its yearly maintenance is relatively cheap and can, in most of the situations, easily be afforded and managed by the users, providing some conditions are fulfilled.
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