#WATWB: Kenya Installs First Solar-Powered Plant That Turns Salty Ocean Water Into Fresh Drinking Water

Posted: 2019/11/30 in Blogging
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It is said that up to 71% of our planet is covered with water. We are inhabiting the only planet in a radius of several thousand light years that has consistently enough water to support life. However, this is also the same the planet in which, according to CDC, an estimated 780 million people (almost 11% of the world population) do not have clean drinking water.

It can be argued that most of the earth’s water (about 96.5%) are held by the oceans and is therefore too salty and unsafe to drink. Drinkable water has been estimated to make up about 2.5% of all earth’s water. Some of this quantity is trapped under glaciers and snowfields, leaving only 1% of earth’s freshwater accessible. In essence, [less than] 0.007 percent of the planet’s water is available to fuel and feed its [ever growing population].

This is a crisis.

For various reasons, developing countries are affected more by the planet’s water scarcity than their industrialised counterparts. According data from water.org, getting clean drinking water can be quite difficult in those countries.

In Kenya, a non-profit organization called Give Power has designed a solar-powered desalination system that can produce 19,800 gallons (75,000 liters) of fresh drinking water every day.

In order to tackle this [water crisis] challenge, a non-profit organization called Give Power designed a desalination system that uses solar energy to pump out fresh drinking water [from] salty ocean water. The water treatment plant that began operating in July 2018 can produce 19,800 gallons (75,000 liters) of fresh drinking water every day which is enough for 25,000 people. This has considerably improved the lives of residents in Kiunga, a small coastal town in Kenya.

The rest of the story can be found here.

Give Power

Source: Give Power

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  1. Dan Antion says:

    Peter, this is a great story. In a world with such resources as we have, no one should wand for clean safe drinking water. I love reading about projects like this, that work toward ending this problem

  2. Susan Scott says:

    I remember seeing this on I think our local South African news and thinking how great this is and that SA can learn from this as we are a country in drought. I think Cape Town is looking into this technology given that they had Ground Zero a year or so ago re: water. It’s so essential that we do not take fresh water for granted and not waste it – thanks Peter.

  3. hilarymb says:

    Hi Peter – this sort of story is perfect for Africa … so much of the country so desperately needs fresh water … it’d be great if they can then pipe water from other plants inland … but if the technology works then so many can have access to fresh water … in other parts of the world, as well as Africa. Cheers Hilary

  4. dweezer19 says:

    I love this.👍🏻

  5. What a huge accomplishment, Peter! One that stands to hugely benefit the people of the whole world. It gives me hope. Love this story. Thanks for sharing.

  6. simonfalk28 says:

    This is so good Peter. Solar power for desalination. WOW! I love it. May we see and hear of more such stories. May we also give thanks for the good water we have. I also give thanks for you too, and for your co-hosting with us again.

  7. This is not only inspiring but also brings hope. There’s water scarcity in so many places already.

  8. what an inspiring and hope filled post Peter!- a technology that is used for the positive!!

  9. thats wonderful kenya install solar powered plant to filter ocean water to fresh water.

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