6. CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

6. CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

Water is of course essential for any person, so it is an absolute priority to make sure that every household has access to safe water at a reasonable price. Bolivia has made great progress in this area, increasing coverage from 78% in 2000 to more than 90% now.

Coverage of sanitation services is much lower, though, covering only about 50% of the population, and even when households are connected to a public sewage system, the used water usually just get channelled to a nearby river or lake without treatment, causing severe problems of water contamination in certain places (such as Lago Titicaca, which receives the waste water from Bolivia’s second biggest city, El Alto).

Reaching and maintaining 100% coverage of water services is a high priority in Bolivia, but it needs to be followed by long run strategies on how safely to dispose of the used water.