Water is a gift of nature and it covers 71% of the earth. As much as water seems free, some countries have no access to clean water. Currently, 2.2 billion people in the world struggle to get access to drinking water services that are managed safely.
According to WHO, by 2025, as many as 3.5 billion people could experience water scarcity.
Drinking water has always been a problem faced by rural inhabitants in some parts of Africa, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where locals have to travel for more than an hour to get water. This water is usually contaminated. Drinking contaminated water usually leads to waterborne illnesses and diseases like cholera and dysentery.
As a solution to provide safe and drinkable water, a Non-Governmental Organization- Give power in Kenya, has built the world's first solar-powered system to turn ocean water (which contains 3.5% of salt) into drinkable water.
Give power is an organization that focuses on providing solar solutions to developing regions that have limited access to electricity, power, food production, emergency services as well as animal and land conservation. Give power has been operating in Kenya since August 2018 and has successfully transformed the saltwater in the village of Kiunga, the Eastern coast of Kenya into drinkable water.
Give power has created a large-scale solar power desalination farm that is already being used by over 25,000 people in Kenya daily. The farm was built beside the Indian Ocean in Kiunga. Kiunga has been experiencing extreme drought for years and its 3,500 residents couldn't access clean drinkable water because of this. This farm has also contributed to the local economy through its $20 contribution per person which would make the provision and access of water last up to 20 years.
The farm uses solar panels to harvest 50 kilowatts of energy. This energy is used to power two water pumps that work 24 hours a day in turning salty water into drinkable water.
With the hope of opening similar facilities in other branches, the president of Give Power, Hayes Barnard said:
"You have to find a way to pull water out of the ocean in a sustainable way"
"Humanity needs to take a swift action to address the increasingly severe global water crisis that faces the developing world"
"With our background in off-grid clean energy, Give Power can immediately help by deploying solar water farm solutions to save lives in areas throughout the world that suffer from prolonged water scarcity," he added.