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Conservation: Senegal

Water in Africa

Africa, Senegal


by Rebecca and Jay Wozny, Saare Oumar, Senegal

If too much water has been pulled from the well, villagers here will make use of it. Whenever it looks like rain, we take all of our buckets outside to fill for bath water. Some people even take dirty dishes outside to be rinsed. This is a lot easier than having to haul buckets full of water.

by Catherine Guillard, Samba Diarry, Senegal

During the dry season the well sometimes runs dry, leaving people with no water. People try to conserve as best they can in those situations by prioritizing their water consumption. For instance, drinking and cooking is more important than bathing or cleaning. If there is no water for several days, women will go to the nearest village (two kilometers away) and carry back drinking water for their families.

During the rainy season, heavy rains create hundreds of puddles and ponds. The women take advantage of the "free" water by washing clothes and taking baths in these water holes instead of using well water.

by Enid Abrahami, Missirah Tabadian, Senegal

Water is conserved in the three concrete-lined wells that are spread throughout the village. During the rainy season, everyone puts all their buckets outside to catch the rain. I rarely needed to go to the well from May until October. The rainwater served most of my daily needs.

by Kathleen Rucker, Louga, Senegal

Most families pour used water over plants or compost piles. Sometimes excess water is given to the animals to drink.

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