Kenya's Giant Aquifer Highlights Groundwater's Critical Role
Aquifers water an increasingly thirsty world, but are they sustainable?
The area is dry and desolate. It is one of the most arid regions on this planet, with soaring temperatures that burn the earth and suck out moisture. The local people are nomads and follow water to survive. They and their livestock are often plagued by famine, thirst, and poverty.
But last month, surprising news came from this oft-ignored part of the world: Below their feet, below the land that is so parched, flowed water in an aquifer that was so large, it would be able to quench the thirst of the country's 41 million people for the next 70 years.
Officials like Judi Wakhungu, Kenya's secretary for the environment and natural resources, touted the find as a possible solution