The Discovery of Underground Reservoirs Brings Good News, and New Challenges, to Africa
September 6, 2012
A groundbreaking discovery of underground water reservoirs in Africa is good news for the 300 million African people who lack access to clean water today, but the good news is complicated by bittersweet reality. As scientists are reporting more and more discoveries of previously undetected underground reserves, social developers are now handed the tall task of accessing the water with the required technology and funds, and then making it available to those in need.
From the article:
Now, the discovery of massive, ancient aquifers in Namibia has inspired optimism among scientists.
"The water volumes could supply the densely populated northern region of Namibia for about 400 years at current supply volumes," reported Martin Quinger, the investigating hydrologist from the German federal scientific institute for geosciences and natural resources.
Quinger and his team predict that the new discovery will promote development, improve living standards, and provide a buffer against climate change.