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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Progress on achieving SDG 6

Regarding drinking water coverage, by 2020 it was 99% while access to proper sanitation facilities was about 99%. 

The current challenges refer to preserving its traditional high quality, the territorial organization around surface water reservoirs, the hydrological management of algal blooms and the care of deep aquifers.

The National Water Directorate (DINAGUA) promotes participatory water management, taking the hydrographic basins as a management unit. Based on the needs and expressions of interest in the territory, Basin Commissions are formed that are made up of the government, water users, and civil society.

The National Water Plan is a tool to manage the country's water resources in a responsible and sustainable way, addressing the issue of water in a comprehensive manner and with a long-term strategic perspective (2030 horizon). Through this plan it is proposed to advance in the integrated management of water resources. Its main objectives are: 1) Guarantee access to drinking water and sanitation; 2) Provide water in quantity and quality for the social and economic development of the country and for the conservation of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems; 3) Prevent, mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. The Plan is currently in execution.

Read the full report here: VNR_Report_Uruguay


*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.