Latin American Countries

Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Update on the State of the Sector
  • Salvador Bertoméu-SánchezEmail author
  • Tomás Serebrisky
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Water Governance: Policy and Practice book series (PSWG)


The purpose of this chapter is to provide an updated snapshot of the water and sanitation sector across Latin American countries, focusing on its key policy characteristics. Access to water and sanitation in the region has improved since the 1990s, a decade in which almost every country adopted major reforms of the sector, consisting mainly in increasing private sector participation and the creation of autonomous regulatory bodies. We find that challenges remain in tariff design, service quality, financial health, and governance issues related to lack of coordination between policymaking, regulation at national and subnational levels, and the operators.


Sanitation Sector Private Sector Participation Increasing Block Tariffs (IBTs) Independent Regulatory Agencies Sanitation Services 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salvador Bertoméu-Sánchez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tomás Serebrisky
    • 2
  1. 1.European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES), Université libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium
  2. 2.Principal Economic Advisor, Department of InfrastructureInter-American Development BankWashington, DCUSA

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