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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Progress on achieving SDG 6

2020 Voluntary National Review

Burundi reported on progress in the area of drinking water coverage, stating that the service rate in urban areas rose from 75% in 2010 to 83% in 2019 and in rural areas from 60% to 63% respectively. Despite the progress, the country reported to face a few challenges to progress, including: insufficient water sources to be developed; the gravity system impossible for some regions; the lack of water sources on some hills and the cost of water to be very high; the disproportion of drinking water supply between rural and urban areas; insufficient financial resources for projects of large-scale supply and for increasing and maintaining water and sanitation infrastructure; and insufficient feasibility studies of drinking water supply projects throughout the territory. 

Burundi acknowledged that the needs of its population are not still fully covered despite the efforts made in terms of drinking water, but that the target could well be reached by 2030 if all the means planned are deployed. The country has developed and implemented some policies and strategies to address SDG 6, including the Water Code, the National Water Policy, the National Water Strategy, the institutional legal framework for the water sector, the National Sanitation Policy (PNA), and the PNA Implementation Action Plan.   

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