Bolivia Boosts Water, Sanitation Programs

La Paz, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government on Sunday confirmed the allocation of about 595 million USD until 2015 for at least 100 sewer and water projects.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Environment and Water, the strategy prioritizes rural and urban areas with an emphasis on the Cochabamba region as part of the 2008-2015 National Sanitation Plan.

The Treasury will provide the program with 183 million USD, and loans will be provided from countries such as Venezuela, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan and the European Union, the text says.

The Spanish Agency for Cooperation, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Andean Development Corporation and other institutions are also collaborating.

The government is promoting other programs such as Mi Agua (My water), with a budget of about 100 million USD, to allocate about 300,000 USD each to municipalities with projects.

President Evo Morales is one of the top advocates of the idea expressed in the Constitution that water is a human right and a public service, not a private business.

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