Drinking water and drainage programme launched in Senegal

24 February 2010

<br/>A huge project aimed at improving access to drinking water and drainage was launched in Senegal on Monday, 22 February.

This involves the Usaid/Pepam programme, which will cover 90 rural localities in the regions of Ziguinchor, Sédhiou, and Kolda, financed by an American co-operation arrangement in the amount of 20.7 million Dollars.

The aim is to upgrade and develop drinking water and water drainage infrastructures, as well as improving hygiene to meet the needs of 185,000 people over the next three years.

This is a project of major importance to Senegal, particularly since the World Bank decided on 17 February to grant a credit of 55 million Dollars to Pepam.

Mr. Fétini, Senegal World Bank representative, told the daily Le Soleil that “the water and drainage sector in Senegal is one of the most developed in sub-Saharan Africa”.

He added that urban settlements have already achieved the Millennium Objectives for Development with regard to water.

Categories: Water

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