Nicaragua: water and sanitation plan launched
Updated - Friday 12 January 2007
A 10-year comprehensive sector strategy for the country's water and sanitation services has been launched by Conapas, Nicaragua's national water and sanitation commission. According to Conapas water coordinator Yuri Espinosa, the plan's main components include the development and implementation of a new, decentralised management model to encourage greater participation from municipalities and civic groups in the creation of water and sewerage projects, says Espinosa. Estimated costs are US$ 592 million (EUR 457 million).
Particular emphasis will be placed on Nicaragua's high-poverty rural zones, who lack basic water services, through the emergency social investment fund's (FISE) rural water and sanitation programme (PASR).
During the first five-year period ending in 2010, Conapas’ target is for potable water coverage to reach 82.5% of the national population, according to statistics from Nicaraguan state water and sewage utility Enacal.
Potable water coverage in Nicaragua currently only reaches 48% of the country's rural population, with only 22.7% of the country's "extremely poor" households receiving the service.
A further goal is to address the current lack of funding due to low levels of participation from both the public and private sectors in their support for water and sanitation works.
Enacal, needs to increase water rates by 40% to cover its NIO 287 million (EUR 12.8 million) debt, according to former director Mario Montenegros.
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