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Ethiopia works hard to improve water supply

08-06-2010 16:04 BJT

ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia's Water Resources Minister Asfaw Dingamo said the nation is strenuously exerting efforts to successfully achieve Universal Access Program (UAP) in general and urban water supply and sanitation sub-sector in particular.

Addressing a workshop organized here on Thursday, Asfaw said the UAP is planned to substantially resolve the long standing problem in the sector.

The government is exerting maximum efforts for UAP successful achievements in general and the urban water supply and sanitation sub-sector in particular, he said.

Hence, he said the government has established Water Resources Development Fund (WRDF) to finance the Urban Water supply and Sanitation sub-sector by generating finance from various local and foreign sources.

WRDF Director Girmawit Haile on her part said water supply and sanitation provision is a basic requirement for the socio-economic development of a country.

The national safe drinking water and sanitation coverage in the country has reached 68.58 and 54 percent respectively, she said.

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