Senegal Group to Sue Water Company After Weeks of Shortages

Senegal’s main consumer advocacy group will sue the nation’s water provider to speed up distribution of the liquid as the capital, Dakar, enters a second week of shortages.

“We will make a complaint against SDE which must be forced to provide water,” Momar Ndao, president of the Senegalese Consumer Association, said by phone yesterday.

President Macky Sall returned early from New York, where he was attending the UN General Assembly, this week after protests in Dakar against his government because of the shortfall. He will meet with the council of ministers today to discuss the issue.

The shortage began on Sept. 12 after the main pipeline in Keur Momar Sarr, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Dakar, broke, Senegalaise des Eaux, a unit of Paris-based Finagestion SA has said. The line feeds Dakar and other nearby areas.

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