The Water and Sanitation Sustainability program for rural areas of the country will be financed with resources from an international donation granted to the Government of US $ 2.1 million.
The program, which will promote non-traditional schemes for the supply of drinking water, as well as for the management of wastewater in remote communities of Colombia, will be possible thanks to a donation from the Aquafund Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB, (1.3 million), the Japanese Fund (700 thousand dollars) and 150 thousand dollars more donated by the executor Give to Colombia.
The head of the portfolio added that contributions such as these “reinforce the commitment of the National Government to continue working decisively to reduce the extreme poverty rates that afflict the most vulnerable population in the country and, in that sense, it is clear that one of the sectors where social inequality is most perceived, which generate unsatisfied basic needs, is precisely the Colombian countryside ”.
He recalled that this negatively impacts other indicators such as health and nutrition: “According to sector indicators, about 6 million Colombians do not have drinking water in rural areas; while sewerage coverage barely reaches 17% ”.
In this sense, the head of the Housing portfolio also highlighted that in order to continue reaching peasant families, the Government designed the Rural Water and Sanitation Program, whose objective is to increase the coverage of rural aqueduct and sewerage services, reducing the gap between the countryside and the cities.