Water Project

Operation: Kenya- Nick Taylor

Background of Operation Kenya

  • I chose to create a water purification system for the country of Kenya. The people of Kenya need a water purification system because there is not enough fresh water sources that supply enough water that is good to drink. Also, with the lack of water, the conditions force women and children to make long, hard trips across long stretches of Kenya just to get a small amount of water for the night. Another huge issue in Kenya is the amount of water pathogens. This is caused by contaminated water basins, and the pumps where the water is distributed and collected. This is the biggest water issue in Kenya.

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The Water Straw- Small Scale

This is the first of three purification systems, The WaterStraw. This cheap, yet incredibly productive purification product can eliminate virtually all of the bad bacteria responsible for the water pathogens. We can send about 20 WaterStraws to Kenya per year. The straw is fully functional for a full year. After that, the new supply will be sent down to Kenya. This product is simple to use, you just use it as you would any old straw. The short term costs are purified water for Kenya for a year, with no cost for a few years. The long term cost is nothing as well. It all depends on the amount of WaterStraws being produced and if the product continues to strive and grow.

Desalination Plant- Large

A desalination plant is a factory full of machines that take out minerals, and salt in saltwater. The process of desalination occurs when water from the seas or oceans goes (in this case the Atlantic ocean) through a treatment process, then freshwater is separated from saltwater by using reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis is a purification technology that pushes water under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane that takes contaminents and salt out of salt water. The short term costs of desalination plants are that it does clear out a large piece of land in Kenya, but Kenya is very vast so it does not change too much. The large term costs are lots of money being put in to maintain the plants productivity. The advantages of desalination plants are plentiful amounts of water, job opportunitys in the factories, and economic growth for Kenya. The disadvantages are lots of pollution. This is an issue, but the amount of water being created will

trump the pollution. Many lives will be saved from these desalination plants.

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The In-between Solution

The third and final water purification solution i will use is a water treatment that involves Iodine inside tablets. The tablets use the Iodine to filter out many micro-organisms and bad minerals. These tablets are shipped in packages of 60, because they are very small and can be shipped easily to Kenya. This provides clean water to a small amount of Kenyans in need. The advantages of these Iodine tablets are good, clean water which fight against micro-organisms such as giardia, a bad organism that can cause someone to become very sick. There really is no disadvantages, except they are non-renewable, so we will be sending new supplies often. The long term cost will not be very expensive, because of the small amount that will be sent.
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Our Goal

Our goal as a first world country is to help those that do not have the same luxury's as us. The people of Kenya deserve this, and it's our duty to help. These water purification systems are just a start to a much bigger goal.
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