In 2010, the United Nation declared access to clean water as a human right. Many Nicaraguans however, do not have access to this vital resource, and for many families accessing safe water can often be a difficult daily task. Up to a third of the population does not have potable water and this rate is even higher in rural areas, at about 72%. Many are dependent on hand-dug wells or natural springs and rivers which they often have to cross large distances to access. The water that is accessible is often contaminated by both domestic and industrial waste. Sewerage coverage in Nicaragua is also limited to a few cities; only 43% of households are connected to the sewage disposal system. As seen in many of our Nicaragua Compact communities, water supply is frequently shut off for large portions of the day, especially in periods of drought. Both rural and urban areas of Nicaragua suffer from water contamination and scarcity as well as unequal access to potable water and sewerage services. Panorama works on improving the water access and stability for the communities we work in, through expanding, repairing or building water systems, digging trenches, setting up water tanks and reservoirs and creating water distribution systems.