Massive Underground Water-Reserve found in Kenya

12.09.2013 Misc #Africa #Water

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In Kenya haben sie einen Grundwasserleiter gefunden, der Schätzungen zufolge 200 Millarden Kubikmeter enthält und Kenya für die nächsten 70 Jahren mit Wasser versorgen könnte. Die Folgen für die Region sind noch nicht abzuschätzen und das könnte, wenn alles gut geht, langfristig die Basis für den Aufstieg Afrikas sein.

If the Kenyan government can embrace this system, fund the drilling and maintain the infrastructure there's no reason this couldn't change millions of lives for the better. Tribespeople who walk for days in search of rain could irrigate their land, settle and farm. Towns could build up around lush new pasture. A scorched, largely forgotten corner of Kenya could be transformed. And that could just be the start.

Of course there will be predators out there. Companies and countries eager to buy up swathes of fertile land for their own selfish interests but Kenya is now run by a technocrat government, the ministries led by experts in each field rather than "get rich quick" politicians. […]

Lotikipi in numbers:

- The pool is so large you could pour Loch Ness into it approximately 25 times.
- The aquifer is approximately 100 km (62 miles) by 66 km (41 miles).
- It has a surface area of 4,164 km2.
- It contains an estimated 200 billion cubic metres of fresh water.
- Lotikipi alone holds 900% more than Kenya's current water reserves.

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