The construction of the desalination plant is progressing on the heights of Mamelles, the hills that shelter the famous lighthouse of Dakar. Launched with great fanfare on May 31 by President Macky Sall, the book is the first of its kind in West Africa. the West. The plant, with a capacity of 50,000 m3 per day (m3/d.) expandable to 100,000 m3/d., should improve the supply of drinking water to the Senegalese capital.
« This infrastructure will support those that already exist and will allow us to achieve, by 2026, a production of more than 700,000 m3 of drinking water per day. »specifies Charles Fall, director general of the National Water Company of Senegal (Sones), which is in charge of the project.
Water management: Dakar combines public-private partnership and major works
Dakar extends over 0.3% of the surface of Senegal. Most the capital concentrates nearly 25% of the country’s population, ie 3 million inhabitants. If the current drinking water needs are 600,000 m3/day, the authorities expect them to increase in the next few years with population growth and the emergence of new economic centers such as the new town of Diamniadio. . « We have decided to anticipate and diversify our food sources so as not to relive the events of September 2013 »explains Serigne Mbaye Thiam, the Minister of Water and of Sanitation.