A huge water reservoir has been discovered in Turkana. The Lotikipi Basin Water aquifer could solve Kenya’s water needs for the next 70 years. Lying deep underground an aquifer is water bearing material such as sand, water and gravel.
The aquifer doesn’t run the danger of drying up as it is replenished by nearby mountains. With good management, it can provide water for nearby communities and the country at large for a very long time.
“We now have a tool that could not only help Kenya, but it could help other countries facing the issues of water scarcity.” – Abou Amani, UNESCO
UNESCO and the government of Kenya with funds from the government of Japan have been using modern technologies like satellite, radar and geological technology to find water supplies. Their efforts have finally borne fruit.
Here are some of the facts about the important discovery:
• It has a surface area of 4,164 km2.
• It covers is approximately 100 km (62 miles) by 66 km (41 miles).
• It holds 900% more water than Kenya’s current water sources.
• It contains estimated 200 billion cubic metres of fresh water.
Water will be extracted by means of digging wells.
The Kenyan government of Kenya has said that the water will be used for the benefit of Kenya’s most vulnerable.