Keywords: water access, wastewater, infrastructure, socio-economic indicators, Honduras, San Pedro Sula, sanitation, service quality, groundwater disinfection, source water protection, sewage treatment
Environmental infrastructure and socio-economic indicators in San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Access to water and sanitation was evaluated with respect to socio-economic factors for San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SPS), a medium-sized industrial city. A multidisciplinary analysis was conducted using socio-economic distribution and infrastructure assessments to determine the nature and extent of any existing inequalities. Although piped water access was nearly universal, socio-economic status did not always correlate with quality of service. Other notable relationships were observed with monthly expenditures, homes with dirt floors, and topography. Results indicate that SPS would benefit from improved operation and maintenance of existing infrastructure, implementation of groundwater disinfection and source water protection, and construction of sewage treatment facilities.