Report: Senegal

Water woes continue for Senegalese

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Text by: Alpha Jallow in Dakar
3 min

In several suburbs in the Senegalese capital Dakar people have been facing an acute shortage of tap water. Residents who can’t afford bottled water are forced to drawn water from a dug-out well, which poses potential health problems. The situation is yet to be resolved. The state water company Sénégalaise Des Eaux (SDE) says it main supply pipe is broken, but is working to fix the problem.


Residents in several poor suburbs of Dakar have been without tap water for the past four days.

Audio report: water shortages in Dakar suburbs

The most affected areas are Grande Yoff, Percelle Assainis and Rufisque.

In Grande Yoff, women and children have to walk up to three kilometers to get drinking water.

"The situation is worrying. How can we take care of our homes and children without portable water? I am not feeling well all these days but i have to company my kids in search of water. We wake up early in the morning in search of water to other neighborhoods" said Isatou Diop, a resident of Grande Yoff in the suburbs of Dakar.

In Rufisque, situated some 30km from Dakar, many residents have now turned to traditional wells to draw water.

But the wells also have a limited supply of water, leading people to protest on Saturday.

They shouted anti-Government slogans and called on the water company, SDE to resolve the situation without delay.

Last year during the same period, many districts in the capital experienced a similar problem for almost a week.

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