Draft Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program 2013-2018

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Officially 67 percent of the population of South Sudan, both urban and rural, has access to
improved drinking water sources.1 The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI) states
that 30-50 percent of water facilities are non-functional at any point in time due to the lack of spare
part supply chains, weak maintenance capacity, poor management and/or inappropriate choice of
technology. Thus, the actual level of access to an improved water source in rural areas2 is estimated
to be only 34 percent3 – which affects most of the country as over 80 percent live in rural areas,
representing 90 percent of those living in poverty.

Last updated: May 03, 2013