Growing water concerns in Dakar

Senegal, September 19 – Hundreds of thousands of people in Senegal’s capital Dakar are still without running water. Last week the main supply pipe suffered a massive tear-and authorities are still struggling to repair it. Video: eNCA

DAKAR - Water supply remains a concern in Senegal. People in the capital Dakar are still without water after the main supply pipe suffered a massive tear last week.

Residents are forced to search for water outside the city and many are not impressed by the situation.

“We don't have water in our homes. There is no water in the offices. The children go without a wash. We can't wash our clothes or clean our dishes or our toilets. People are really fed up," said Ami Soumare.

Authorities are struggling to repair the pipe. Senegal water company, Sénégalaise Des Eaux (SDE), said the damage to the pipe is severe.

"This incident is beyond our control and the control of the company. This is an exceptional situation which doesn't happen every day. We've had water cuts before, but nothing like this," said SDE managing director Mamadou Dia.

Water returned to a few neighbourhoods on Wednesday but SDE said it will take some time before all taps start flowing again.

 

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