The Integral Basic Sanitation Model (SABA) in Peru

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The Integral Basic Sanitation (SABA) Model is a successful experience of coordination between public and private actors for the sustainable management of water and sanitation services in the rural highland of Peru. The innovative management model has been validated in two regions of the country (Cusco in south Perú and Cajamarca in north Perú) over a 15-year period with the active participation and involvement of key water and sanitation actors in the country.
The SABA Model integrates the construction of suitable water supply schemes and the professionalization of water user associations. It includes a consumption based cost recovery system including both operations and maintenance costs. It includes a system of water quality assurance supervised by the health authority. It also includes a sensitization program in schools and among the wider population in order to induce a change in sanitary behaviors with education authority.