Senegal: Launch of a program to increase access to drinking water
20 July 2011
A program to promote 19,100 social drinking water connections and a 100 km extension to the sanitation system was launched on July 12 in Senegal.
It is being financed by the World Bank at a cost of 5 million dollars and will bring access to drinking water to a further 200,000 people in the regions of Saint-Louis, Matam, Tambacounda and Kédougou, reports the APS press agency.
The minister for Urban Planning, Construction and Water, Oumar Sarr, announced another program for 51,000 connections and 644 km of extension to the network which will be launched before year-end of 2011.
Elsewhere, the secretary general of the ministry of Agriculture, Maïmouna Lô Guèye, stressed that it was "vital" to implement a policy to manage water and install rural water infrastructures in Senegal.
She says that such a policy must promote good practices in terms of rational, sustainable utilization of water resources.