Drinking water supply and sewerage programme continues to make headway in Ecuador

The project to upgrade and extend the drinking water supply system in the parish of San Pablo del Lago in Otavalo, Ecuador, is 99% complete. Almost the entire population has access to drinking water, resulting in improved quality of life and healthier living conditions.

Cases such as that of San Pablo del Lago are the result of an initiative undertaken by the government of Ecuador to ensure that the drinking water and sewerage system covers 95% of the country by 2017, in line with the targets set out in the National Development Plan.

Investment in the Promadec I and Promadec II programmes, set up to achieve these goals, has totalled almost $860 million dollars. This has been financed by the CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and the State of Ecuador.

The CAF has provided funding of $500 million, which has been used to undertake 455 drinking water, sewerage, and MSW collection and treatment projects. These projects have been carried out in accordance with a sustainable model designed to improve the living conditions of 3.5 million people living in the country.

The third phase, Promadec III, is scheduled to commence in the near future and this stage will seek to extend the range of measures taken to date. The CAF has entered into a loan agreement worth $275 million with the Ministry of Finance and the BdE (State Bank of Ecuador).

The three phases of Promadec form part of the Prosaneamiento programme. This programme channels funding into water and sewerage infrastructure projects as well as technical assistance, with the aim of improving the quality of life of Ecuadorians and ensuring the sustainability of these services.