Eritrea: Access to clean drinking water improves to 85%
April 11, 2013 — Access to clean drinking water in rural and urban communities in Eritrea has improved to a total of 85%, according to the Mebrahtu Eyasu, the general director of water resources in the Ministry of Land, Water and Environment.
Because Eritrea experiences sporadic or scarce rainfall in arid and semi-desert areas, the Minister disclosed that 85% of the potable water obtained comes from underground reservoirs, while the remaining 15% come from ground level sources.
Despite lacking abundant fresh water resources, Eritrea nearly doubled the amount of beneficiaries with access to potable water; going from 43% in 1990 to 85% today. The government aims to have 98% of the population with access to clean drinking water by 2018.
|Eritrean woman collecting potable water in southern Eritrea|
|Map showcasing access to improved drinking water|
|Rainfall in Eritrea|
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