Nicaragua outlines details of water supply plan

Friday, January 12, 2018

Nicaraguan authorities are moving forward with a water supply plan they are expecting to implement in areas most prone to water scarcity during this year's dry season.

The plan will serve to ensure water supplies for 42,000 families living in 'critical' areas through the use of 97 cisterns, vice president and first lady Rosario Murillo said in her daily news roundup on Thursday.

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The plan involves the participation of state water utility Enacal, national environment ministry Marena, the interior ministry, the national system for disaster prevention (Sinapred), municipal promotion institute Inifom and the Managua municipal government, among others.

Under the plan, authorities will monitor water resources in the relevant areas and install water tanks at schools and health facilities.

According to Murillo, the government will also focus on speeding up construction of ongoing potable water projects and will hold meetings with members of the local potable water committees to promote efficient water use. In that respect, the government will also launch a media campaign focused on promoting water conservation that will address the current water-related challenges facing the country.

The vice president said that the implementation of the plan is also intended to ensure significant progress toward achieving at least 70% regular potable water supply coverage in all of the country's municipalities during the dry season.