Discovery: Huge Water Reserve in Kenya Brings Hope to Most Vulnerable

A massive aquifer large enough to meet all of Kenya’s water needs for the next 70 years has been found.

Photo Credit: ITV News

The discovery of a large water reserve in the country has been hailed as a potential solution to help Kenya’s most vulnerable in the drought-stricken region and may pave the way for a more prosperous future for the country, reported ITV.

The water source which is 25 times the size of Loch Ness was found more than 3000 meters underground. 

The discovery has the potential to turn Kenyan’s vast, dry plains into fertile grounds as well as meet the country’s water needs for more than a century.  Professor Judi Wakhungu, Environment, Water and Natural Sciences Secretary explained:

"This wealth of water could boost the country's share of available water by 8.5% and probably double the amount of water that is available for consumption today.  The significance of this survey and its findings cannot be overstated … Accessibility to water and improved social and economic life is destined for improvement (sic), especially for the most vulnerable of the population in Kenya,” she toldITV.

UNESCO scientist Abou Amani, who was part of the team who discovered the water through satellite imagery, radar and geological surveys, said UNESCO is exploring possible new water sources in other African countries as well:

"I'm not saying this could solve all of the problems because from finding water to providing water to the population is another step (sic) because we need to have investment, we need to put in place infrastructure and so on.  But we have seen the system and the fact water is there, and that is extremely important and it could be a game changer within the country,” he said.

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Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.


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