Water and Sanitation in Suriname: a problem mostly for the interior

Water is very abundant in tropical and humid Suriname. Although access to water and sanitation facilities are of no big problem in the urban areas along the coast of Suriname, things look quite differently in the interior as the quote of the United Nations below summarizes well:

Use of improved water and sanitation facilities is 96.5 percent in Paramaribo and 90 percent throughout the coastal area. In the interior only 45 per cent of households use improved drinking water sources, 33 percent use sanitary means of excreta disposal, and only 24 percent of households use both.  Seventy-eight percent of households in the interior do not treat the water that they collect and only 10 percent use an appropriate form of treatment.  Only 26 percent of households have water available on the premises, while most households have to walk an average 21 minutes to get to the source to collect water an activity that is to 80 percent done by women.  Over half of the population in the interior has no means of excreta disposal; most excreta go straight into the rivers and creeks which at the same time serve as the main water supply. (Source: United Nations Suriname)

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