Jessamy Nichols, Africa CorrespondentLast Modified:12:28 p.m. DST, 23 September 2013
Over the eons of cradling human civilizations, the Turkana region has gradually become more and more arid over time to become the drought-stricken area it is today.
However, there has been a recent discovery by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that revealed that below the region's surface, there is 200 billion cubic meters of freshwater reserves in an underground aquifer. Furthermore, this vast supply can supply the entire country's population of 42 million people for 70 years!
This statistic is an unbelievable figure, as this water source has the potential to completely change the livelihoods of Kenya's 17 million citizens who lack access to safe water.
Despite this highly welcomed news, it is imperative that the Kenyan government assures that the water is managed and distributed in an equitable, appropriate manner. The supply has grand economic potential, but the country's leaders should instead look to the human rights potential and ensure that the masses have access to it. Fulfilling people's right to clean water could completely change the lives of millions and improve the standard of living.
This is a crucial opportunity for Kenya and the following decisions about the aquifer could play a huge rule in the country's trajectory.
- Groundwater Reserves Found in Drought-Stricken Turkana (fairfaxclimatewatch.com)
- Kenya aquifers discovered in dry Turkana region (arunbabyveranakunnel.wordpress.com)
- Kenya discovers huge water source (bbc.co.uk)
- Kenya strikes water (dailymaverick.co.za)
- Aquifers discovered in Kenya (thedailystar.net)