Published in: 2016
Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)
Santa Cruz de la Serria Metropolitan Area (SCMA) is the second largest urban area in Bolivia. It is a major economic centre in Bolivia. There are approximately 1.9 million inhabitants in SCMA. The city is considered to be one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Santa Cruz is located in eastern Bolivia on the Pirai Riva at an altitude of 416 m above sea level. SCMA has a tropical savanna climate, with an average annual temperature around 23°C. 49% of the populations’ excreta discharge directly to sewers. Of this, only 80% (or 39% of the populations’ excreta) is considered to reach a wastewater treatment plant due to leakage from the sewers. A total of 30% of all wastewater is considered as treated. 46% of the population are reliant on onsite sanitation systems, with a majority using septic tanks connected to a soak pit (35%). 5% of the population have no access to sanitation systems and practice open defecation.
Furlong, C. (2016). SFD Report - Santa Cruz, Bolivia - SFD Promotion Initiative. Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)
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