Aquifers in Kenya discovered with enough water in them to supply the desert region for 70 years. This is the type of find that could change lives in northern Kenya and the rest of the nation. According to The New York Times on Sept. 11, 2013, this may be a game changer for a country where more than 40 percent of its people lack access to water that is safe to drink.
With water security a growing concern around the world, the discovery of five aquifers in drought-plagued Turkana County could help secure Kenya’s access to the most critical of natural resources, particularly in the arid north.
Aquifers in Kenya will help to irrigate crops and water livestock too. Having enough food and clean water to drink will help the Kenyans to grow in peace. By using advanced satellite technology an aquifer the size of Rhode Island known as the Lotikipi Basin Aquifer was found. A smaller body of water named the Lodwar Basin Aquifer was also found.
The aquifers in Kenya were discovered as part of a joint venture between United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Kenyan government. The find will need to be researched further to determine exactly how much water is underground and how easy it will be to tap.
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