Greater access to drinking water in West Africa
27 November 2009
A programme of waste water treatment and access to drinking water is going to be established in Senegal which will benefit 220,000 people, according to the APS press agency.
Initiated by the NGO Eau Vive (Living Water), it will involve the rural communities in the region of Tambacounda.
“The coverage rate for drinking water is still low, from 20 to 45% depending on the areas”, the Director of Eau Vive in Senegal, Antoine Eklou, said on Wednesday 25 November. The aim of the programme is to involve the local communities by sensitising them and giving them responsibility with regard to the problems resulting from poor waste water management, in order to change their attitudes. It also involves the upgrading of water infrastructures and ensuring the achievements are long-lasting, in order to improve access to drinking water.
A similar programme was launched on 21 November 2009 in the Ivory Coast. Upgrading work on the infrastructure and the construction of equipment is going to be carried out in Daloa, Tabou, and San Pedro, to be financed by the European Union in an amount of 30.8 million Dollars.<br>