National governments are a key partner to overcome the challenges of providing safe water for everyone. In June 2011, Peru’s President Alan Garcia pledged $20.1m to finance the activities of Agua para Todos (Water for All) across Peru. Agua para Todos was launched by the Peruvian government in 2006 to address the inadequacies of the water and sanitation system, particularly in Lima. 20% of the population of Lima, a large, growing capital city, is without access to sanitation networks. Freshwater resources are limited and an annual rainfall of only 9mm add to the difficulties of providing safe water and sanitation for a growing urban population. Agua para Todos is an integral part of the national government’s education campaign for improved sanitation practices and safer water for residents of Lima.
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