This Solar Power Plant In Kenya Turns Ocean Water Into Drinking Water

Published 4 years ago

Most of us are used to simply opening the tap and getting a glass of water when we get thirsty – but not everyone on the planet has such easy access to drinking water. In fact, about 2.2 billion people around the globe don’t have everyday access to drinking water. A non-government organization called GivePower is trying to help those in need by installing solar power plants in developing countries and has recently built a solar-powered plant in Kenya that cleans ocean water, providing drinking water to 25,000 people!

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GivePower recently built a solar-powered water purification plant in Kenya

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GivePower has already built solar power plants in countries like Haiti, Nicaragua, Nepal, and Puerto Rico before but it’s the first time they’ve built a purification plant. It was built in the small Kenyan town of Kiunga back in August.

The plant provides drinking water for 25,000 people

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Seeing the project’s success, GivePower plans to build similar plants in Colombia and Haiti in the future.

The plant has the capacity to supply up to 35,000 people with fresh drinking water

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The most important process in turning ocean water into drinking water is desalination – the removal of salt. It’s a very expensive and power-consuming process, therefore solar power seems to be a good long-term solution to this problem. The solar panels produce 50 kilowatts of energy to power 2 water pumps.

A third of Kenyans don’t have access to clean drinking water, meaning this purification plant is essentially life-changing

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The locals used to travel hours just to get some drinking water and had to conserve every last drop – but their problems have finally been solved thanks to GivePower.

No more traveling for hours to get some clean water

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“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,” said Hayes Barnard, president of GivePower. With this new purification plant, the locals will no longer have to poison their bodies by drinking polluted water. Let’s hope we’ll see more of these being built in developing countries in the near future!

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