Therefore, in celebration of world water day, WaterKiosk in partnership with DEG and Boreal Light GmbH officially opened the first round of the largest solar water desalination project in Africa on 17 March 2021.
School going children are not spared either as a times they have to sacrifice their education and remain at home babysitting their younger siblings as their mothers set out in search of the precious commodity.
We are quickly heading toward a massive water crisis that will affect the entire world. According to the World Health Organization, one in three people already does not have access to clean drinking water as of today.
It is estimated that 2 billion people have to use a drinking source that is contaminated with feces. Unfortunately, researchers predict that by 2025 half the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas.
The systems are based on innovation by Solar Water Solutions, a Finnish water technology company that has solved how to make clean water with solar power, with the lowest energy consumption in the market.
The parties are now starting to pilot a project that will eventually aim to provide clean water from brackish ground water to 400,000 Kenyans by 2023. The total funding opportunity is estimated to be up to US$15mn.
“We are very pleased with the initiative that will bring very clean drinking water to the rural population in Kitui County that needs it most. It is the most exciting project I have been part of in all my career,” said Emmanuel Kisangau, minister of Water in Kitui County.
Climate Fund Managers (CFM), a leading boutique investment manager dedicated to securing a sustainable future through impactful investing, and Solar Water Solutions (SWS), a water technology company that designs and manufactures decentralized solar-powered water purification systems, have announced a partnership to co-finance and co-develop solar-powered desalination systems in Kitui, a county in the South East region of Kenya.
Under the partnership, CFM through its Climate Investor Two (CI2) fund will initially co-finance a piloting phase for these initiatives and later co-finance the full roll-out of up to 200 units that are expected to benefit at least 400,000 Kenyan citizens.
Housing PS Charles Hinga on Saturday said the completion of Awali Estate, a project by Centum Investment Company at Vipingo, three months ahead of schedule, is a boost to investor confidence in local developers.
Powered entirely by solar energy and battery storage, GivePower’s desalination systems are housed in 20-foot shipping containers and capable of transforming 70,000 litres of brackish and/or seawater into clean drinking water every day.
The water desalination system is powered by a small solar photovoltaic power plant installed on the container. The micro off-grid plant has a battery-based electricity storage system to enable the installation to provide drinking water after sunset or in bad weather.