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Wednesday August 3, 2011

Spain Grants $25 Million to Honduras for Rural Water & Sanitation Improvements

Spain Grants $25 Million to Honduras for Rural Water & Sanitation Improvements

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Honduras will receive a $25 million grant from the Spanish Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean to expand and improve drinking water and sanitation services in rural communities with fewer than 2,000 people, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said today. The Honduran government will contribute $2.5 million to the program.

Of the total Honduran population of 8.2 million, some 4.5 million live in rural areas where poverty levels reach 71.6 percent. Investments carried out under this new program will help expand water coverage in rural areas from 77.2 to 79.7 percent. Sanitation coverage will increase from 79.7 to 82.1 percent.

The program, which will be implemented by the state water and sanitation utility SANAA, will provide 13,700 households with new water connections, 15,900 homes with individual sanitation solutions, and 2,200 homes with rehabilitated drinking water systems.

SANAA will build water systems, supply sanitation solutions, rehabilitate existing water systems, and establish chlorine banks. The utility will also carry out pilot projects in sustainable management of water systems, awareness building, and training for community members.

Since 2008 Spain has contributed more than US$500 million, allowing the IDB to leverage US$500 million more for water and sanitation projects in Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Uruguay. Additional operations are in preparation for Bolivia, Nicaragua, Panama, and Uruguay.