After Years of Drought, Kenyan Region Finally Gets Clean Water Thanks to Solar Saltwater Plant

Water, gas, electricity – you take these things for granted.. Even though the Earth has abundant natural resources, not everyone has access to them. For instance, compared to 70% of overall water coverage in the world, only 3% of this is potable water – the actual water that we drink and use. Moreover, two thirds of it is eternally stuck in frozen glaziers. Consequently, more than 1 billion people in the world over suffer from one form of water scarcity or another.

But there are ways to fight it. Some of you might suggest using the other 97% of salty water that exists. Desalination is an option, but in most cases, it has a heavy price tag. And it is pretty challenging in the first place.

However, non-profit organization GivePower has been able to deliver potable (drinking) water to even the most remote regions of the world.

Kenya has recently got its own solar-powered desalination plant. Kenya is known to have struggled with water access in the past which is why it is such great news for its residents.

The new plant provides with fresh drinking water more than 35,000 people each day. The project has proven to be a total success due to the quality of the water delivered. The good news is that it runs on completely renewable energy.

In fact, water supply has been quite a problem for Kenyans. Another global non-profit Water.org has also reported more than 41% of Kenya’s residents (with a total population of 53 million as of December 11, 2019) rely on poor or unimproved water sources.

“The water and sanitation crisis in Kenya remains critical, and Water.org is in the process of developing new ways to scale WaterCredit to reach even more people.”

Why water scarcity can affect you, too

WHO (World Health Organization) reports that around 829,000 people worldwide die because of contaminated water. Quite often such scarcity and water quality are caused by poor economical, geographical or social conditions.

Due to climate change and factors, like population growth, WHO claims:

“By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas.” You don’t need to be a scientist to predict that this number will be getting higher and higher every day.

Some of you may feel quite threatened by lack of water, especially that it can be at your own doorstep in the near future. And you are be completely right – it is coming for all of us, unless each and single human takes action.

Such solutions have already been summarized, a few of them include:

  • Changing your daily consumption of water.
  • Shrinking corporate water usage.
  • Reducing your ecological footprint.
  • Volunteering, e.g., GivePower, collects money for future projects, aiming to create more Solar Water Farms. You can help them out right here.

At least these are the ones that every single one of us can do. Water scarcity is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century, and to stop it, we need to take action right now.