Drinking water: Wells go into operation in Cameroon and Senegal
7 April 2010
Two wells have recently been taken into operation in Senegal and Cameroon, while Unicef has just issued a report on access to drinking water in Africa.
The first well is located at Ndiagne Walo, in Senegal. With a capacity of 100 m3, it has been financed jointly by Senegal, Korea, and Canada, and will now allow close on 3,000 people to access to drinking water.
Another well was taken into operation on 30 March last in Cameroon. This will cover the drinking water needs of the township of Ntui.
These wells, however, are only a small step towards universal access to drinking water in Africa. Unicef warns about the risk of a shortage of installations in a report published on 6 April 2010.
At the present time there are 300 million people suffering from shortages of drinking water in Africa. More than half the primary schools in 60 countries in the course of development do not have drinking water installations, and two-thirds do not have any infrastructure to deal with waste water, as the report emphasises.