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Kenya Water Discovery


At AlkaViva, we believe it is important to give back to the world water crisis in a way that makes a difference. We believe that the lack of access to safe drinking water is the primary cause of hunger, disease and poverty throughout the developing world. Just as we believe in stewardship of the planet, we believe in stewardship of safe water for everyone. We are committed to making a difference – every AlkaViva purchase supports non-profits worldwide that benefit water-related causes.

We are excited to hear about a new discovery of a massive aquifer uncovered in Kenya just 300 metres below the surface. This aquifer can provide access to clean water for local residents, and should never run dry as the well is replenished from water run off from mountain ranges. According the ITV News, the Lotikipi Basin Aquifer is so large “you could put Loch Ness into it approximately 25 times.” The aquifer can be accessed via wells, an infrastructure issue that still needs to be addressed.

  • The aquifer is approximately 100 km (62 miles) by 66 km (41 miles).
  • It has a surface area of 4,164 km squared.
  • It contains an estimated 200 billion cubic metres of fresh water.
  • Lotikipi alone holds 900% more than Kenya’s current water reserves.

The aquifer was found using a combination of satellite, radar and geological technology to identify the presence of underground aquifers. According to UNESCO,   the UN agency responsible for the discovery, “We now have a tool that could not only help Kenya, but it could help other countries facing the issues of water scarcity.”  Continued exploration is planned in areas of Africa facing water shortages, including South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

Access to clean water is vital – water IS  life. When you are a part of AlkaViva as a customer or an Associate, you know that you are standing for making a difference to the one in six human beings on our planet who lack access to safe drinking water.


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