SANITATION FACTS

Access

In 2015, 91% of the total population had access to “improved” water, 97% and 84%, in urban and rural areas, respectively. Leaving out 738 thousand people. Regarding sanitation, 83% of the total population had access to “improved” sanitation, 87% and 78%, in urban and rural areas, respectively. Excluding around 1.5 million people.

Data about access to water supply and sanitation in Honduras vary depending on the source of information. For example, according to a survey in 2006, 81% of houses had access to an improved water source and 86% had access to sanitation.The sanitation figures are much higher than the 2010 information from the WHO Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation shown in the following table.

    Urban (52% of the population) Rural (48% of the population) Total
Water Improved water source 95% 79% 87%
Piped on Premises 95% 74% 85%
Sanitation Improved sanitation 85% 69% 77%
Sewerage (2006 JMP survey & census data) 66% 11% 36%

SourceWHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation 

Service quality

The service quality in Honduras is low compared to other countries in Latin America. In 2006, 75% of the drinking water in urban areas was disinfected and 10% of collected wastewater received treatment. In rural areas, it was estimated that one-third of the systems provided continual service and less than 14% of the systems delivered disinfected water in 2004.

According to the WHO, in 2000 98% of Honduran water systems provided water on an intermittent basis, for an average duration of 6 hours a day. In 51% of urban water systems was drinking water disinfected, and only 3% of collected wastewater was treated.