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Kenya Takes a Look into the Unkown: Its Underground Water Reserves

Friday July 13th, 2018

A borehole rig drills a new water well at Shilole Primary School in Kwale, Kenya, May 23, 2018. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Isaiah Esipisu

 

By Isaiah Esipisu

UKUNDA, Kenya, July 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The sparkling seas that lap the miles of sand along Diani beach have made this corner of southeastern Kenya one of the country’s main tourist attractions.

Yet few visitors would know that all the water in their taps comes from boreholes sunk into aquifers – underground reservoirs of freshwater that are also used by residents, businesses and agriculture.

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