Latin America Advisor Featured Q&A: How Should Bolivia Deal with its Water Shortage?

AIN’s Kathryn Ledebur participates in Featured Q&A. Excerpt from the Inter-American Dialogue’s newsletter, the Latin America Advisor for December 12, 2016. For the full version, please see the Inter-American Dialogue’s website.

Q: Bolivia’s government has declared a national emergency amid a drought that has severely limited the country’s water supply, 16 years after the so-called Water Wars in Cochabamba led to widespread conflict and sparked an international debate over privatizing water and sanitation services. The water crisis is expected to extend into 2018. How should Bolivia go about managing its limited resources as it struggles to adapt to what is likely to be the “new normal” with regard to water scarcity? Should Bolivia attempt to privatize water again, or is there another way to manage access and infrastructure? What will the drought mean for its agriculture sector? What will water scarcity mean for the country’s political and civil stability?

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Incremento en recipientes de agua por cañeria de red en el Chapare

Entre 2001 y 2010 en el Tropico de Cochabamba  (Chapare) la población que recibe agua por cañeria de red aumentó por casi  40%, superando el progreso nacional, lo cual refleja como el desarrollo integral con coca ha contribuido al mejoramiento de la infraestructura de saneamiento.

Parte 3: Agua potable y Saneamiento



Drinking Water Source, Chapare region vs. Bolivia as a whole

The Chapare region has experienced rapid growth in the population with access to drinking water through a pipe system, significantly outpacing national progress in this area, reflecting the transformative effects of community coca control and integrative development in improving health and sanitation needs.

Part 3: Clean Water and Sanitation

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