Kenya installs first solar plant to turn ocean water into drinking water

There is no hiding to the fact that water has become a scarcity nowadays and the demand for it keeps on increasing across the majority of the cities in India.

Though the situation is expected to get much worse in the futuristic years, the only solution to overcome this crisis is to recycle and reuse wastewater and that’s what several cities across the world are doing.

In fact, many cities have already started taking measures regarding this matter.

According to a study, about 2.2 billion people in the world do not have access to drinking water. In an attempt to solve water crisis prevailing in a small town in Kenya, near the border of Somalia, Kenya came up with an idea of installing solar power plant that can turn ocean water into drinking water.

This new solar water treatment plant was built by the NGO (non-governmental organization) GivePower. The pilot experiment has already enhanced the lives of residents of Kiunga, a small town in Kenya. In good news, they are looking to reproduce the same technology in other parts of Earth.

Credits: Give Power

It should be noted that one in every three people in the world does not have access to drinking water services, as per a report published less than two months ago by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. The conditions are even worse in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the reason why the area was preferred to install the first solar plant system that converts the Indian Ocean’s saltwater into clean and pure drinking water. It has been in operation since the year 2018.

By the year 2025, half of the planet’s population will live in areas experiencing water scarcity. The reuse of wastewater in a bid to recover energy is becoming a central plan. The same thing applies to the treatment of seawater. It has been learnt that only 2.5 per cent of the planet’s water is freshwater and the number is declining with the effect of global warming on glaciers and icebergs.

The new system can generate drinking water for as many as 35,000 people per day. Moreover, according to GivePower, water quality is better than that of a typical desalination plant.