Two newly discovered groundwater sources could slake the thirst of a volcanic region of Kenya and vitalize the drought-prone area's economy.
The aquifers lie beneath the Turkana and Lotikipi basins in northern Kenya and together hold 250 billion cubic meters of water, reported the BBC. Kenya only uses approximately 3 billion cubic meters per year. All that extra water could ease the suffering of the 17 million Kenyans who lack access to safe water.
Although Lake Turkana is the largest desert lake in the world, it is also the world's largest alkaline lake, and the high levels of fluoride in the water make it unsafe for consumption. Still, many in the region drink the lake water to survive despite its debilitating health effects.
Last year, the region suffered from a drought that killed much of the livestock, which the residents depend on for food. Those who survived the immediate threat of starvation are struggling now to replenish their herds.
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