Haiti to Get Inter-American Development Bank Water-Service Grant

Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country with about 80 percent of the population living on less than $2 a day, will get an Inter-American Development Bank grant to expand water services in the capital.

The Washington-based lender said today that the $35.5 million grant will help support the second phase of a water and sanitation program to boost drinking-water supplies, reduce losses from leaks and clandestine connections, and improve chlorination and bacteriological tests in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s most populous city.

An outbreak of cholera in Haiti was blamed on United Nations peacekeepers following their arrival after a January 2010 earthquake, which killed about 200,000 people in the former French colony that shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.

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