Water has always been one of the essentials to living a healthy life. Most times doctors advise drinking water more often in order to keep the cells together. Access to potable water has always been a plague in many parts of the world, with various diseases having been contacted through unclean water.
To ameliorate the situation in Kenya, a non-profit organization called Give Power, is positioned to provide a solar-powered plant that has the ability to transform the salty water which comes from the ocean, into fresh and drinking water. According to reports, the initiative has the capability to sustain at least 25,000 people daily.
The project, according to the NGO, is not the first that Give Power would be embarking on.
The 25,000 capacity solar system project was carried out in a small town in Kenya, known as Kiunga. It was also reported that this type of initiative has improved the lives of other towns and that the NGO plans to extend this intervention to other parts of the world.
Following the success of the Kiunga project, Give Power is already making arrangements to begin the same project in Haiti and Colombia, respectively.
The process of transforming the salty water into drinkable water is achieved through a process called “desalination”. This is referred to as the process of purifying saline water into potable freshwater. Basically, what the water does is to pushe the ocean water through small filters leaving the salt behind.
To avoid financial constraints in the future, the NGO made use of solar energy as the source of power in order to be able to sustain the project for a very long time. The NGO, Give Power, built a solar water farm in the town, and harvests it solar energy through the solar panels. The solar panels has the capability of generating 50 kilowatts of energy and power 2 water pumps for 24hours.
Excited Kiungans have enveloped their appreciation to Give Power for their intervention. This is because they had to walk down for several kilometers, more than one hour just to have access to pure water. The scarcity was beyond their imagination and had no option than to use the water for cloth washing and bathing, which was harmful to their skin and health.
During the launching of the project, the President of Give Power, Hayes Barnard said, “You see those children inside of these villages, the reason why they have some many scars on their knees and stomachs is because they have so much salt in their wounds. They were basically poisoning their families with this water.”
The project didn’t only provide clean water for these villagers, but it also saved them from diseases that could spread from the various groundwater they had to use to cook and drink.