Despite the majority of the Earth’s surface being covered by water, it does not mean that all of it is drinkable. Sea water is actually a perfect example of how not all water can be drank, but with all that water out there, shouldn’t we try to take advantage of it as much as possible? That’s what the folks at GivePower are hoping to do with their solar-powered desalination plant.
This desalination plant seems to be quite self-sustaining where it will be able to generate power on its own through solar, and it can also turn salt water into fresh drinking water. GivePower is debuting the system in a coastal community over in Kenya, where it is expected that the amount of water it produces a day will be enough to sustain 25,000 people on a daily basis.
Speaking to Business Insider, GivePower’s President Hayes Barnard was quoted as saying, “You have to find a way to pull water out of the ocean in a scalable way, in a sustainable way.” The system will be capable of creating 75,000 liters of fresh drinking water a day, but the hope is to eventually scale up the system and open up similar facilities in other parts of the world.
Fresh, drinking water is something that many of us probably take for granted, but thanks to the efforts of organizations like GivePower and philanthropists like Bill Gates, who helped create a system that turns human waste into water, hopefully it will solve the drinking water crisis that some parts of the world face.