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Peru PM: Government to triple safe water access in rural areas in 2019

14:53 | Lima, Apr. 4.

Prime Minister Salvador del Solar on Thursday projected access to potable water in rural households will climb from 2.6% to 9% by the end of 2019, thanks to the sanitation projects which will be executed by the Peruvian Government.

According to the high-ranking official, only 51.9% of urban areas rely on access to safe water. 

"One of the government's priorities is to provide sustainable, as well as high-quality water and sanitation services to the entire population (...)," he expressed. 

In this sense, the goal is to achieve global coverage in urban zones, and 84.6% of coverage in rural ones by 2021.

In order to accomplish these objectives, several projects and works will be executed. 

Rural sector

Regarding the rural sector, the cabinet chief indicated a strategy to increase the number of rural homes with access to chlorinated water has been crafted.

In this sense, the operation stage will begin in three pilot regions: Piura, Puno, and Cusco. In addition, this initiative will be implemented across the whole country by 2020.

Confidence vote

The high-ranking official attended a Parliament session to present the Government's general policy and request the confidence vote.

Previously, the Prime Minister held meetings with Congress' political groups within the framework of a dialogue round

Last March, Salvador del Solar replaced Cesar Villanueva as the Inca country's Prime Minister. He leads a reshuffled cabinet.

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Published: 4/4/2019
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