Africa Times: Senegal’s water shortages require a long-term strategy

Senegal’s capital Dakar is facing yet another water shortage, though this time concerns have been exacerbated by the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic and the greater need for personal hygiene.

Even so, there is also a very real hope that the coronavirus pandemic will finally provide the impetus for governments to invest in providing a reliable supply of potable water in earnest. “Don’t waste a good crisis,” says Inga Jacobs-Mata of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). In the case of Africa’s fight for safe and sustainable access to water, he had better be right.


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