Dakar (Senegal) deprived of water, SDE and SONES conjure up the reasons

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This is a hard blow for the households of Dakar and its suburbs. Indeed, the water plant of Keur Momar Sarr will observe from this Saturday 12 may 2018 a stop to allow the connection of a part of the equipment intended to reinforce the safety of its installations, according to the Directors General of the Senegalese waters ( SDE) and the national water society of Senegal (SONES) respectively Abdul Baal and Charles fall.

Located 250 km from DaKar, this plant provides more than 65% of the water supply of the Senegalese capital and parts of the region of Thiès and Louga.

"The objective of this planned stop is to allow the connection of the equipment intended to enhance the safety of the water supply in Dakar," explained Charles fall, Director General of the national water society of Senegal, noting that this work were part of a rehabilitation program for the country's water supply system.

According to Mr. fall, it was decided after a diagnosis of the whole feeding device, stating that this programme is financed by the Agence française de développement (AFD) up to 6.5 billion. In addition to the renewal of Keur Momar Sarr's security system, which required an envelope of 2 billion, the program included a pipe protection component and the renewal of the water pumps at the Gnith plant at 30 km, added Mr. Fall.

The protection system was simplified and the three 150 cubic metres that were used to mitigate the adverse effects of some of the failures were replaced by six others with a capacity of 300 cubic metres, said the Sones General Manager.

For his part, his counterpart, Abdul Baal, confirms his remarks and reassures the measures taken to ensure that "this judgment does not negatively impact on the lives of people who will lose 40% of the distribution network".

To avoid any inconvenience to the populations, Mr. Baal announces the establishment of a system of rotation of the distribution by quarters, the mobilisation of a hundred tanker trucks to fuel the most impacted quarters and the opening of water bridges in non-affected neighbourhoods. The work will last, according to the technicians, 25 hours and will be followed by a water shed which will be shortened as soon as possible according to a well defined technical Protocol.

Moctar FICOU/VivAfrik

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