The problem of accessible and available drinking water has been one issue that has plagued the world for as long as one can remember. Despite that 2/3 of the world is made of water, there are still about 2.2 billion humans who do not have complete access to safe and clean drinking water.
This problem of lack of safe drinking water has led an NGO named Give Power, to install a solar-powered plant that has the capability of transforming the salty water from the ocean, into fresh drinking water. This initiative is said to provide clean drinking water to at least 25,000 people in one day.
The report shows that this is not the first time, Give Power is embarking on a project of this kind. The project was carried out in a small town in Keya, called Kiunga. Reports say that this water project has improved the lives of the town folk and that the NGO plans to extend this intervention to other parts of the world. After the success of the Kiunga project, the NGO is already making arrangements to kickstart the same project in Haiti and Colombia.
The process of making the ocean’s sea water drinkable is achieved through a process called “desalination”. It is defined as the process of purifying saline water into potable freshwater. Basically it is the process of turning ocean water into drinkable freshwater. … Reverse osmosis and distillation are the most common ways to desalinate water. Reverse osmosis water treatment pushes the ocean water through small filters leaving the salt behind.
Desalination is a power-consuming process and can be very financially tedious to run and maintain. So the use of solar energy by the NGO is actually a source of power that will be sustainable for the long-run of the project. To generate the power, the NGO, Give Power, built a solar water farm in the town. The solar water farm harvests solar energy through the solar panels. The solar panels are able to generate 50 kilowatts of energy and power 2 water pumps for 24hours.
The people of Kiunga are happy and grateful for this intervention. This is because they had to travel for more than one hour just to have access to drinkable water. They could not use fresh water to wash their clothes and bathe, because it was scarce, so they used salt water, which was harmful to their skin and health.
In an interview, the President of GivePower, Hayes Barnard, 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 intervention of the NGO did not only provide clean water for these people, but it also saved them from diseases that could be contacted from the various groundwater they had to use to cook and drink.
The progress made in Kenya by this NGO can be reciprocated to other parts of Africa, and the world. Governments and individuals can harness the work this NGO is doing and can provide safe drinking water for millions of people around the continent.
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