TAG: Water supply

Update: Kenya’s Turkana Water Reserve

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Last month, news broke of a giant water reserve discovered in Kenya’s Turkana region. While initially this holds optimistic prospects in theory, we have perhaps gotten so carried away in our enthusiasm as to risk overlooking some of the kinks presented with this discovery. Just as a quick refresher, the water reserve in question was the largest of the five unearthed this year in Turkana, which lies in the northwest of Kenya. The aquifer, since named the Lotikipi Basin, is indeed colossal, spanning approximately 62 by 41 miles. It also holds more than 900% of Kenya’s current water reserves. But… read more

A Discovery in Kenya Could Change the Country

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In an investigation conducted by UNESCO in collaboration with the Kenyan government, scientists have found a water reserve in the arid expanses of north west Kenya. The aquifer, which consists of an underground layer of water-harboring minerals, was discovered 300 meters beneath the earth’s surface. The pool has since been named the Lotikipi Basin Aquifer. If managed properly, Lotikipi could nourish the country for the better part of 70 years. This is no little feat in a country that has limited water supply, with half the population unable to access any sanitary water at all. This discovery may transform the… read more

Educational Water Activities for Kids

Educational Water Activities for Kids

Fostering environmental awareness at an early age through participation in informative activities results in an increased knowledge base and encourages earth friendly behaviors that can last into adulthood. Incorporating water play into a curriculum is a fun way to teach kids about water conservation concepts. Though agriculture accounts for a large majority, household water use is responsible for a great portion of waste. According to water conservation statistics, the typical household in Australia uses up 11% of their water source for daily activities, and the U.S. is predicted to consume over 10% of the entire world’s water supply reserved for… read more

Water: It Should Be for Everyone

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If you have the luxury of having a running faucet, it may be easy to overlook the fact that many parts of the world don’t have access to a steady source of water. Actually, at least 1/3 of the world has a water supply that is either scarce or unsafe. This year the United Nations is calling for global collaboration in regard to water, naming 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. Incorporating what efficiently works and sharing water provision success stories to facilitate a safe, steady global water supply sounds like an ideal that works for everyone, until… read more