Kenya Installs The First Solar Power Plant That Transforms Ocean Water Into Drinkable Water
More than likely, you don’t have difficulty getting clean drinking water. You probably just get up and head to the refrigerator or the nearest faucet to grab a glass of cool refreshment. That isn’t the case for everyone, however, and over 2 billion people around the world have a problem getting the drinking water they need.
Unfortunately, that situation seems to be changing thanks to some interesting technology. The NGO Give Power recently put up a solar-powered plant that could remedy the situation. The plant takes ocean water and turns it into fresh drinking water. 25,000 people every day can benefit from this location.
The first solar-powered water transforming plant was tested in August. It is known as the NGO, Give Power.
This isn’t the first project by the company but the success of this new plant is due to the fact that it changes saltwater into freshwater. It takes place in Kiunga, a small town located in Kenya and in August, it had its pilot test and is already helping residents in that town. They want to continue to put up these power plants in other parts of the world.
25,000 people are able to receive fresh drinking water from this plant.
Some regions are worse off than others when it comes to access to clean drinking water. Sub-Saharan Africa is especially hard hit. That is why this small town in Kenya was chosen to receive this special plant. Now that it has tasted success, the organization is planning more of these plants in Haiti and Colombia.
The true capacity is even greater, potentially supplying 35,000 people with drinking water 24 hours a day.
The expensive process of desalination requires the use of solar power to work well in these areas. It can be a long-term solution, so Give Power put up a “solar water farm” in the area that uses solar power to work the plant.
In areas of Kenya and similar areas around the world, it is a life-changing addition.
It was not out of the question for local people to travel up to an hour or more to obtain clean drinking water. Water is precious for these families, so they would usually use dirty saltwater to bathe or wash clothing.
Many would travel more than an hour to provide their families with clean drinking water.
The president of GivePower, Haves Bernard 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.”