Peru Gov't: Water and sanitation up by 25.8% in rural areas

Se ejecutarán obras de agua y saneamiento rural. ANDINA/Archivo

Se ejecutarán obras de agua y saneamiento rural. ANDINA/Archivo

13:48 | Lima, Aug. 05.

Water and sanitation coverage in rural areas increased from 38.4% (2011) to 64.2% by the end of 2014, thus a “historical” 25.8 percentage point advance was registered, Housing, Construction and Sanitation Minister Milton von Hesse affirmed.

The increase is vastly superior compared to the expansion reached during the previous administration (July 2006 to July 2011). At that time, a 4.5 percentage point growth was achieved (36.1% to 40.5%).

"In rural households, water and sanitation coverage went from 38.4% in 2011 to 64.2% in 2014, which meant benefitting 2,330,000 families, who will be finally granted access to basic services,” the Head of the portfolio underlined.

In Peruvian households water and sanitation network expanded from 76.8% in 2011 to 85.8% in 2014 (up by 8.9 percentage points) leading to access for 7.3 million families. 

The Executive Power, led by President Ollanta Humala, has invested S/.8.475 billion (about US$2.66 billion) in related projects; a 116% higher investment compared to the one carried out by the previous regime. Thus, water and sanitation projects total 2,010 from August 2011 to date (up by 76%).


Published: 8/5/2015