In some of the biggest environmental news of the year, the Kenyan government announced the discovery of a huge underground water reserve in Turkana, an arid region in the northern part of the country. It's so big, they say, that it could meet the arid country's water needs for the next 70 years.
Scientists from UNESCO and the Kenyan government teamed up on the water-searching project. Using satellite, radar and geological technology, they discovered the Lotikipi Basin Aquifer, an underground water reserve that measures 62 miles by 41 miles and contains 200 billion cubic meters of fresh water. A quick glance at the map above gives you a sense of just how enormous this thing is.
The Lotikipi discovery would be a big deal anywhere anywhere in the world, but its location makes it a game-changer. Out of a population of roughly 41 million people, 17 million Kenyans lack sufficient access to safe drinking water and 28 million are without adequate sanitation, said UNESCO.
“This newly found wealth of water opens a door to a more prosperous future for the people of Turkana and the nation as a whole,” Judi Wakhungu, Kenya’s secretary for the environment, water and natural resources, said in a UNESCO statement. “We must now work to further explore these resources responsibly and safeguard them for future generations.”
Photo: , Kenya. (ITV News)
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