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Agua Latina: A Window to Access Knowledge and Information

Agua Latina, the e-news that compiles everything about water and sanitation, is now available. By visiting www.agualatina.net you will find the latest news on the water and sanitation (WSS) sector as well as relevant information on health and hygiene, alternative technologies and solutions for a better service provision to the poor, civil society participation, research, recent publications, and much more. Agua Latina is a portal of sites dedicated to the water and sanitation, which seeks to cover information needs of decision makers and professionals dealing with the challenge of increasing access to sustainable and quality water supply and sanitation facilities in Latin America.

Agua Latina is addressed to sector professionals, practitioners, and decision makers with the aim of decentralizing existing knowledge about the WSS sector. It facilitates access to sector bulletins and other relevant websites on Internet focusing on water and sanitation. However, every user around the world interested in receiving a bi-monthly update can subscribe by visiting www.agualatina.net.

Supported by the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) -administered by the World Bank- Agua Latina contains a virtual catalogue of relevant WSP and partner publications, which are free of cost and easy to download.

Agua Latina is an effort to enhance inter-institutional communication and exchange in order to find better solutions to the challenges of the water resources management and sanitation crises. Agua Latina aims to strengthen decision-making and the design and implementation of sector policies oriented to poverty reduction and improving the quality of life of the poorest segments in Latin America.

Some facts of the water and sanitation situation in Latin America comprise:

  • 75 million people in Latin America do not have access to safe drinking water
  • 116 million lack sanitation services
  • Only 14% of waste water is treated
  • 74% of fresh water is being used for irrigation and agricultural production
  • 34 out of 1000 children die per year due to lack of water

Source: "Agua a la Deriva", Revista Aqua Vitae

Contact Name: 
Beatriz Shippner
Contact Email: 
wspandean@worldbank.org