In this day and age it seems unbelievable that not everyone has access to fresh, clean water. Truth be told, around 2.2 billion people still don’t. Thanks to the NGO Give Power, for a community in Kenya, their struggle for water is over. Recently, Give Power installed a solar-powered plant that transforms salty ocean water into fresh drinking water for the community of 25,000.
Although not their first project of this kind, Give Power’s recent successful installation of plant that transforms saline water into drinking water in Kiunga, a small town in Kenya, and even its test run in August greatly improved the lives of residents of the town. The organization plans to use the technology in other parts of the world.
It’s estimated that about 1/3 of people don’t have access to clean drinking water and in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, the problem is much bigger. The town of Kiunga was chosen specifically for the installment of this desalination plant to help as many people as possible. With the success of the installation, the organization is already planning similar projects in Colombia and Haiti.
The desalination process consumes a lot of power which is very expensive and using solar energy could be an excellent solution for the long term. Give Power installed what they call “a solar water farm” in Kiunga that harvests solar energy using solar panels. The plant is able to produce 50 kilowatts of energy and power two water pumps 24 hours a day.
The people of Kiunga often had to travel for more than an hour to get drinking water for themselves and their families. The water would only be used for drinking and cooking and everyone would usually bathe and wash their clothes in dirty salt water.
Hayes Barnard, president of Give Power, said, “You see children inside of these villages, and they’ve got these scars on their stomachs or their knees because they got so much salt in their wounds. They were basically poisoning their families with this water.”
The installment of the plant will not only help with hygiene but also save them from various diseases, since the water previously used was often full of pollutants and various parasites.
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