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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Cabo Verde

Progress on achieving SDG 6

In the past 5 years, Cabo Verde has seen notable progress in the realm of water and sanitation, despite three consecutive years of drought. This progress is substantiated in the reform of the sector and, particularly, the corporatization of water and sanitation services, which has resulted in gains both for consumers and in terms of the management of solid urban waste.

The proportion of the population that obtains its drinking water in a safe manner has grown. The country has reached a per capita running water domestic consumption level of 43.1 liters per day and has surpassed the target set in the PLENAS for 2030. Technical losses have also been reduced and total volume of water mobilized increased. In seven of the nine inhabited islands, water and sanitation service operators were created. The country has modern legislation for the sector.

In Cabo Verde, 69 out of every 100 people have the public water network as their main source of water supply, and significant differences remain between rural and urban areas. In the latter about 74.7% of the population has the public water network as their main source supply, surpassing the rural area by 17.4 %age points.

In Cabo Verde nearly all schools (97.6%) have access to drinking water, with a similar %age enjoying bathroom installations (98.9%).

Close to 85.2% of households have access to sanitation systems, a relatively high rate in comparison to most African countries, and an increase of 7.8% since 2015.

Read the full report here: VNR_Cabo_Verde


*The information reflected on this page has been taken directly from the official VNR received from this Member State. The information does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations.