Within its region, Senegal is one of the countries with the best water coverage, with 85% of the population having access to water under favorable conditions. However, the percentage of the population without access is still very high.
The country’s water resources are largely dependent on river basins, and these resources are highly dependent on rainfall.
In order to improve the situation and reduce the degree of dependence, the extension of the Keur Momar Sarr drinking water treatment plant was inaugurated in 2021, a hydraulic infrastructure that in its first phase will inject 100,000 m³ per day into the network and 200,000 m³ per day in the second phase for Dakar. The Ngnith water treatment plant and the surface and groundwater treatment and pumping stations complete the system.
However, according to the Ministry of Hydraulics and Sanitation, the demand for drinking water is expected to increase in the coming years.
IMWATER designs and supplies Compact and/or Containerized Seawater and Brackish Water Desalination Plants, capable of addressing the current water problems in Senegal, especially those related to fluorides.
One of the measures to combat this potential situation is the Horizon 2030 Plan, under which the government of Senegal signed a financing protocol with Saudi Arabia to build a second seawater desalination plant.
Senegal will soon have a second seawater desalination plant, thus reinforcing the supply of urban water from the new project to be located on the Grande Côte, in the urban center of Diamniadio and Lac Rose, 40 kilometers north of Dakar.
The Grande Côte plant will be built as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) of the CEP (Construction-Exploitation-Propriete) type. In this partnership framework, ACWA Power will be responsible for the financing, construction and operation of the plant for the entire duration of the contract, which will be defined on the basis of the target cost price. Then, at the end of the contract, the Saudi company ACWA Power will transfer ownership of the plant to the State of Senegal.