All households in Uruguay must now have a sewerage connection. Uruguay’s House of Representatives passed a bill making sewerage connections compulsory on 5 July 2011.
The new bill includes provisions to provide subsidies and grants to those who cannot afford a connection, as well as fines for those who fail to comply with the new law.
In the capital Montevideo, the local government will administer the new law, while state water utility OSE will be responsible for the rest of the country.
While improved rural sanitation coverage was estimated to be 99% in 2008 (WHO/UNICEF, 2010), some 50,000 households are still not connected to a sewerage network. In some areas only 15% of households have sewerage connections.
Source: La Republica [in Spanish], 05 Jul 2011