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09 Dec 2019 | 05:04 AM UTC

Senegal: Water shortages reported in Dakar December 9

Strike disrupts water distribution in Dakar December 9; water shortages likely



Water shortages are being reported in Dakar as of Monday, December 9, following a strike by employees of the Sénégalaise des Eaux (SDE) national water company. While President Macky Sall issued a decree on Friday, December 6, requesting SDE staff to resume work, it remains unclear when normal service will resume.


Employees at the SDE demand a 10 percent share of the company's capital ahead of the purchase by the French company Suez, which will occur on December 31.


Individuals in Senegal, notably Dakar are advised to monitor the situation, be prepared for water cuts (stock up on bottled water), limit water usage (including flushing toilets), and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.