A significant percentage of Cabo Verdeans do not have access to safe water. More than half of poor households receive water from community fountains and the rest from expensive private tankers, meaning that the poorest people often pay the highest prices for water.

Sanitation is another problem among poor households. Only 40% of the country has access to sewage networks or septic tanks; in rural areas, the number drops to fewer than 16%.

With a new reservoir, and 500 poor families connected to the sewerage system in Tarrafal, the capacity of the wastewater treatment plant has increased. The extra treated wastewater is channelled to farmers who are equipped with drip irrigation kits and trained to reuse the treated wastewater to grow crops.

Learn more about the project in Tarrafal.

Photo credits: IWRM AIO SIDS