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Monday October 24, 2011

Bolivia to Bring More Drinkable Water to Rural Areas Thanks to Aid from Spain

Bolivia to Bring More Drinkable Water to Rural Areas Thanks to Aid from Spain

Photo: Bolivia to Provide More Citizens with Drinkable Water

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Bolivia will improve its drinking water, sanitation and wastewater treatment services in rural communities and small towns with a $20 million grant from the Spanish Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean (SFW) and a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for $20 million.

The operation will build new water and sanitation systems as well as expand and improve existing ones. As a result, 11,200 households in rural Bolivia will be equipped with new water connections and individual sanitation solutions. Bolivia’s small towns are also set to benefit from the program, with an additional 9,800 households receiving access to water and 9,600 new sewer connections installed by project completion.

In addition to creating better access to water and sanitation services, the program is also expected to bring down incidence of waterborne diseases.

Since 2008, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the IDB have jointly supported projects financed by the SFW in Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Uruguay. Over this period, Spain has contributed more than $500 million for these projects, enabling the Bank to leverage an additional $500 million.