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Local solutions improve water supply and sanitation services in Colombia (English)

The government of Colombia has been a pioneer in adopting sound water sector policies. It was among the forerunners of decentralization. It established a legal framework that clearly separates service provision from policy making, thus allowing private sector participation. The key to success in the Colombian water sector reform has been the development of homegrown solutions, and at times, skillfully adapting models used elsewhere to the particular circumstances and culture of Colombia. As a result, Colombia has made substantial progress in the expansion of water supply and sanitation (WSS) services. By 2002, urban water supply access was 99 percent, rural water supply coverage 71 percent. Sanitation access has also been upgraded with urban coverage of 96 percent and rural coverage of 54 percent. Over the years, the World Bank has supported Colombia through advisory work, capacity building and lending. Since 1988, the World Bank has provided a series of loans with a total value of over US$ 700 million to the Colombian WSS sector.

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  • Document Date

    2006/03/01

  • Document Type

    Brief

  • Report Number

    46205

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Colombia,

  • Region

    Latin America & Caribbean,

  • Disclosure Date

    2010/07/01

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Local solutions improve water supply and sanitation services in Colombia

  • Keywords

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Local solutions improve water supply and sanitation services in Colombia (English). Water feature stories ; issue no. 8 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/625741468240881145/Local-solutions-improve-water-supply-and-sanitation-services-in-Colombia