Safe Water – Thiès, Senegal

Borehole project “Antonio Giaffreda”, Senegal (GS5658 VPA 3)


dirty water being collected
Dirty water being collected for use in the household - 2.2 billion people don't have access to safe water

Project Number

GS 6443


Gold Standard (GS)

Technology Type

Safe Water (Energy Efficiency – Domestic)

Project Location

Ndiass, Toucouleur, Louckouk Ndiaye and Dalakh 2 villages, Thiès Region, Senegal

Project Description

The rural areas of the Western part of Senegal are characterized by poor access to clean drinking water

Many of the water sources used (boreholes, wells etc.) suffer micro-biological contamination and are polluted by salt

This micro-scale project involves the installation of

  • two solar powered water supply and purification systems in the villages of Ndiass and Toucouleur
  • two solar powered water purification systems on pre-existing boreholes in the villages of Louckouk Ndiaye and Dalakh 2.

Each system can supply over 17,000 litres per day on average.

The water purification systems have a proportional chlorine doser pump which is powered by the solar panels

A solar pump is installed in each of the boreholes and the extracted water is transferred into elevated tanks and then piped into drinking water “fountains”

The construction of the first system started in March 2018 and all systems were operational by the end of April 2018

3,269 people live within the project’s area and now have access to safe water

women carrying firewood
80% of firewood gathering is undertaken by women and children

Sustainability Beyond Carbon

children walking to get water
Millions of children and women walk over 15 minutes to get to clean water

The project helps address 4 Sustainable Development Goals (3, 6, 12 and 13)

Safe drinking water is provided to the communities reducing local use of boiling for water purification

As the fuel sources used to boil water are sourced unsustainably from surrounding forests, reducing the need to boil water reduces the amount of biomass removed from the forests helping maintain carbon stocks in the environment.

The reduction in fuel use helps to maintain biodiversity in forested areas

Having access to safe and clean drinking water helps

  • improve the hygiene, social, economic and environmental issues related to the water cycle in rural areas
  • reduce indoor air pollution from boiling water
  • avoid many health problems linked to the use of unsafe drinking water like diarrhoea, intestinal infections and parasites

The project helps raise awareness among the local population about hygiene and a campaign on water, sanitation and health related issues is undertaken once a year

Project Design, Monitoring, Validation and Verification Reports

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