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One out of every six lack safe water

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 25 March 2010

The United Nations has decried ’shortage of safe drinking water’ as a major problem in countries in the Sahel region in Africa, as the world observed ‘Water Day’ on Tuesday.

Sahel Region, Niger

Ahead of nine nations’ forum on water, beginning on Thursday in Chad, the UN revealed that an estimated one out of every six people lack safe drinking water worldwide, while two out of every five people lack adequate sanitation.

Under the theme : “Clean Water for a Healthy World” for this year’s World Water Day, delegates, mostly from the drought-affected African Sahel region, will brain-storm on ways of managing scarce water supplies, protecting people against food shortages, as well as work out modalities ; aimed at setting up a global coalition on managing water, official sources said here Wednesday.

The Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) comprising Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal, have all experienced problems in food production because of less rainfall.

Based on the coalition agreed on in 2004, the committee outlined its intention, among which is to harness human and financial resources towards making the control of water a strategic priority of the first importance.

The committee said gaining control of water was key in trying to solve the Sahel region’s biggest problems.

It said Niger and Chad were currently particularly affected by food shortages, leaving millions of people vulnerable.

Source: Afrique Avenir

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