The capital of Peru, Lima is located on a desert plateau and is thus one of the driest cities in the world. Consequently, access to clean water is a major problem, particularly in the city’s disadvantaged neighbourhoods. This water crisis is increasingly acute, with some experts suggesting that the city could face an outright water shortage by 2025.
It is estimated that 1.1 million residents of Lima currently have no access to running water or sewage systems. Residents of the poor neighbourhoods, away from the city centre, must buy water from companies that deliver it by tanker-truck. In addition to costing several times the normal price, this water is often dirty and unsafe to drink, causing various health problems.