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First Solar-Powered Plant In Kenya Turns Ocean Water Into Drinkable

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Referring to a current report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, over 2 billion of the population world does not have access to drinking water.

One person out of three uses contaminated and uncontrolled water for daily needs, and most of these people live in rural areas where there are no proper facilities that carry out sanitation and water purification.

Sadly, in addition to this, future foreseen floods will pollute the sources of drinkable water further.

The GivePower NGO has been trying, for almost a year, to guarantee access to drinking water by building a first desalination plant with solar energy as a solution. This installation was built in the city of Kiunga, Kenya because this location is particularly arid. Before the construction of this structure, citizens had to travel an hour, since the source of water is not near and subjected to bacteria that could cause various diseases. The water is not clean as the animals bath in it.

The NGO GivePower plans to extend this project by building other installations in different parts of the world; the concept of this
idealization lies in converting the saltwater of the Indian Ocean into drinkable water.

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For the construction of this infrastructure, the designers took a month to build and invest about $ 500,000.

Thanks to this installation, it is possible to generate up to 50 thousand liters of drinking water per day.

Typical desalination plants require a lot of energy, leaving larger quantities of salt residues and have an environmentally negative impact, which is why GivePower has developed the Solar Water Farm.
The first water desalinator that works thanks to the panels photovoltaics that generate energy using Tesla batteries to conserve this energy.

GivePower is extending solar panel installations in schools, businesses, and emergency services in 17 countries, raising funds for the construction, with the motivation to increase the health of the population; they are also planning to build other solar systems at
the Republic of Haiti and Colombia, as they too lack fresh drinking water.

In February of this year, a solar-powered watermaker in Capetown, the first in South Africa, was opened to the public; in Rajasthan, India, another one was inaugurated, and Dubai also claimed they want to build one by the end of the year.

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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has stated that this watermaker will be able to produce 454 thousand cubic meters of drinking water daily by 2024

World Health Organization has said that half of the world’s population will be endangered by water scarcity by 2025. Re-use of wastewater to recover water nutrients or energy is becoming an important strategy. Safe management of wastewater can yield multiple benefits.

Featured Image credits: GivePower

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