The Water & Sanitation Crisis in Peru
Access to safe water and sanitation has improved in Peru over recent years, yet significant shortfalls in both public infrastructure and household facilities remain.
With a total population of 31 million Peruvians, roughly four million lack access to safe water, while nearly eight million lack access to improved sanitation. Throughout Peru, urban water and sanitation coverage is higher than rural coverage, and many rapidly growing peri-urban communities face limited access to these basic services.
Water.org’s partners have a strong presence in peri-urban areas around Lima, in the north of the country and along the coast. One of Water.org’s partners also serves rural communities and towns in the mountainous Central Sierra region. In total, Water.org aims to reach more than 100,000 people in Peru with access to improved water and sanitation by 2018.