Water and Sanitation Program in the Metropolitan Area of Asuncion – Lambaré Basin
With more than 2 million people, the Metropolitan Area of Asuncion (MMA) is the most populated area in Paraguay, with only 30% of the population having access to a sewage network. This means that most of the Paraguayan population suffers from poor sanitary conditions and serious health issues.
In the framework of LAIF, the EU, AECID and IDB have come together with a total investment of 161.230.000 euros to support the Paraguayan government in addressing how essential water and sanitation services are considering the impact of the COVID 19 crisis. This high-priority project is set to build the capacities of the Paraguayan government to find sustainable solutions for people living in vulnerable conditions, water resource and services and adaptation to climate change.
The project has three components:
- Works: This component includes infrastructure to expand the sewage network and implement progressive solutions to wastewater treatment and reduced water losses. The component will further provide technical assistance for studies, designs and capacity building. The component will also consider the impact of the COVID 19 crisis, so therefore proper hygiene conditions with specific focus on handwashing, will be assured in critical places (hospitals, health structures, schools, nursing homes & public places)
- Service management and studies: This component will specifically address the needs on provision of water and sanitation services considering the impact of the COVID 19 crisis. Hygiene promotion will be strengthened as it is one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
- Project administration: This component includes project administration; monitoring and evaluation; and communication.
The project is expected to develop strategic investments in infrastructure, along with improved service delivery and water resource management. It will also address resilience to face future crises, such as droughts or floods and will provide support to the Paraguayan government to ensure water and sanitation services in all MAA.
The project is expected to benefit 480,000 people.
More specifically, the project will deliver the following:
- Improved access to sanitation and sewerage with specific focus on uncovered areas.
- Reduced pollution of water bodies from untreated wastewaters.
- Upgraded water and sanitation quality services in a sustainable manner