The Cost of Water Project supports the effective planning and sustainable management of water
supply systems in refugee camps and settlements. Launched in 2014 by the Water, Sanitation
and Hygiene (WASH) Unit in DPSM’s Public Health Section in partnership with IRC, the project
measures the overall costs of providing effective water systems in a variety of refugee hosting
contexts to create a flexible decision-making tool specific to refugee situations. When completed,
the tool will improve data collection, planning and budgeting for water projects, making information
easily available and comparable for UNHCR staff, partners and donors, and lead to more efficient
water service delivery to refugees and other displaced people across UNHCR operations.