Water, environment and sanitation
Coverage levels for water and sanitation in Ethiopia are among the lowest in the world. According to official figures, 31 per cent of households have access to safe water, and 18 per cent of households have access to sanitation facilities.
In addition to low coverage levels, water quality is another major problem, as evidenced by frequent outbreaks of water related epidemics in both rural and urban areas. Contamination of water supplies by cattle dung and human excreta is frequent. High fluoride levels in water are a particular problem in the Rift Valley regions of the country. Below are stories revolving around water and sanitation in Ethiopia.
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Clean drinking water and separate latrines improve school life for girls and boys in Afar region.