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Tap dreams: rural arid Senegal sits on water it cannot reach

Tap dreams: rural arid Senegal sits on water it cannot reach

EDWARD MCALLISTER WHEN the water well began to run low in this remote village in northern Senegal in 2010, the government drilled another one, fit with a shiny metal hand pump and a sign commemorating the investment. Today, it barely emits a trickle, residents say. Desperate in a sweltering region, the community last year raised $5,000 to try again. The new well failed to hit water and has become the butt of a bitter village joke. Kids make mocking sounds from the well mouth, their voices repeating down the empty, waterless shaft. Two studies last month touted groundwater as an…
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Groundwater: A resource to strengthen Africa’s drought defences

Groundwater: A resource to strengthen Africa’s drought defences

CONRAD ONYANGO, BIRD STORY AGENCY AFRICA has an ‘abundance’ of groundwater - enough to transform the region’s food baskets and adequately meet the safe drinking and hygiene needs of most households. According to a new analysis by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and WaterAid researchers, which also indicates the resource could be a buffer to climate change-induced droughts, most African countries could survive at least five years of drought on water reserves beneath rocks and soil and in aquifers. “Contrary to popular belief, our findings confirm that Africa isn’t running out of water. On a national level, most countries in…
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