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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Progress on achieving SDG 6

Paraguay reports that there is an important coverage of improved water services at the country level, reaching 89.9% in 2020. When the indicator is broken down by area of ​​residence, an urban-rural gap is observed, since the coverage of these services in urban areas is much higher than coverage in rural areas.

In addition, differences are observed in the coverage of these services by condition of poverty, since 86.2% of the population living in poverty has access to improved water supply services, while 91.2% of the non-poor population accesses these services.

This third alternative indicator produced by the country indicates that a high %age of the population has a facility to wash their hands with soap and water (81.5%).

The indicators show that, despite having achieved progress in terms of access to drinking water, there is a high %age of people who do not have a source of drinking water, mainly in the poor social strata.

In the lowest stratum, in 2016 there are only 30% of people who have an improved water source and receive it in sufficient quantities, while, in the richest %age, 69% have access to this resource. On the other hand, in rural areas this same %age is lower, since only 41% indicate having these sources, while in urban areas it is 60%.

Likewise, it can be observed that the Guarani-speaking population has access to 42%, while the inhabitants who speak Spanish and Guaraní have access to drinking water in 60%.

Read the full report here: VNR_Report_Paraguay



*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.