EFEMontevideo

Uruguay's government is working to provide high-quality drinking water to the population and recent analyses found that 99 percent of tap water is potable, better than the averages in the rest of Latin America and Europe, Environment Minister Eneida de Leon said.

Uruguay took measures a few months ago to stem the decline in water quality in the Santa Lucia River basin, which provides water for almost 60 percent of residents.

An inter-agency effort is underway to ensure that the potable water distributed to the population is of good quality, De Leon said in a press conference, adding that authorities were monitoring other sources.

Recent tests found that more than 99 percent of the tap water in Uruguay is potable, a score that is "more than acceptable" when compared to Europe's average of 93 percent and Latin America's 76 percent, the minister said.