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.
“I want to reiterate my gratitude to the IDB, the Government of Japan, the donors and Give to Colombia, for this important contribution that, without a doubt, will generate very valuable elements for the public policy of rural water and sanitation in our territory. We are sure that with the support they are giving us, we will be able to sow the seeds of hope and progress for thousands of homes that live in remote regions of our geography,” said Housing Minister Germán Vargas Lleras.
The minister 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 potable water in rural areas; while sewerage coverage barely reaches 17% ”.
“For the first time in the last decade, taking into account these factors, we prioritize investments in water and basic sanitation for our rural areas, in a first radius of action we include the departments of Atlántico, Caldas, Guajira, Magdalena, Santander, Norte from Santander, Caquetá, Nariño, Putumayo and Meta ”, added the Minister.
“So far we have identified 106 aqueduct and sewerage designs for rural areas for 150 billion pesos in the regions,” said Minister Vargas Lleras.
In this sense, the Housing minister 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.