Friday, September 13, 2013

Blog 1 New Discovery in Kenya

       United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization also known as UNESCO discovered something that could possibly improve the lives of future generations in North Kenya and enable them to have access to the most natural of all resources, water. So far five underground water supplies have been found, ironically in a county that is plagued with dry seasons and droughts. UNESCO stumbled upon this underground water supply during a flushing process. Two of the aquifers were discovered with an advanced satellite technology and a drill to confirm the results of the satellite. There is a huge significance to this finding because out of a total population of 41 million people in Kenya, 17 million people lack sufficient access to safe drinking water and 28 million people do not have adequate sanitation. For now Kenya's secretary of environment is finding a way to safeguard the water supply for future generations as well as using the water responsibly. Precautions are also being taken to determine the amount of the water supply and the waters quality. RTI, a team that helped to discover the aquifers said that they estimated the aquifers to contain a minimum reserve of about 66 trillion gallons of water. UNESCO described the find as a scientific triumph.

      The discovery of the five aquifers in North Kenya proves how technology can enhance economic growth. There are many reasons why this discovery pulls more weight than black gold discovered in the past. One of those reasons being the fact that, depending on the finding of the quality of the water that these aquifers contain this may change the way future generations live and conserve water. Many people in North Kenya are deprived from water sources because of the arid land but now are given hope with the new found water supply.  It is said that Kenya’s water supply will be increased 70 years by 10 percent. The technology of the satellite has created a gateway to solving societal issues like having access to water.

Cynthia Brooks

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