Guatemala’s Wastewater Situation in 10 Images

  • 2018/03/15     Guatemala

    Image: Laura Ferrans/UNU-FLORES

    By Atiqah Fairuz Salleh, Communications and Advocacy and Laura Ferrans, Water Resources Management

    Latin America faces many water and sanitation challenges. Yet many resources still go untapped: according to the 2017 World Water Development Report only 20–30% of wastewater in the region is treated.


    In Latin America and the Caribbean over half of the urban population is settled in small to medium-sized cities that often lack adequate facilities to treat wastewater and manage sludge. In 10 images, this is the situation of wastewater management in Guatemala, using the example of the Lake Atitlán Basin.

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    Related publication

    Ferráns, Laura, Caucci, Serena, Cifuentes, Jorge, Avellán, Tamara, Dornack, Christina and Hettiarachchi, Hiroshan. 2018. Wastewater Management in the Basin of Lake Atitlan: A Background Study. Working Paper. United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES). (Free download)