Solar-powered desalination plant changes lives in Kenya

Posted by Anita Froneman on 27 November 2019

NGO GivePower has installed and is running a large-scale solar-powered desalination plant in the village of Kiunga on the Eastern coast of Kenya, providing safe, drinkable water to 35,000 people per day.

According to GivePower, there are currently 844 million people around the world that lack access to clean drinking water, and among them are 300,000 children that die every year due to waterborne diseases. Kenya has been drought-stricken in recent years, with no access to safe water. Now, thanks to this initiative and an NGO with a mission to provide clean water to people all over the world, the lives of many have been changed.

According to Interesting Engineering, GivePower’s Solar Water Farm’s solar panels are able to produce 50 kilowatts of energy and power to water pumps that run 24 hours a day. Sea water sourced from the nearby coast is then safely turned into 70,000 litres of drinkable water per day.

Solar-powered plants could be the best solution for the future, as traditional water plants are costly to run and leave a heavy print on the environment whereas solar power is completely eco-friendly.

To support this worthy cause, you can donate here.


Image: Twitter/GivePowerFdn

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