A Massive Underground Lake Found in Kenya Could Supply the Country with Fresh Water for 70 Years

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Water comes out of a pipe in Lotikipi. (Photo credit: ITV News)

Water comes out of a pipe in Lotikipi. (Photo credit: ITV News)

A colossal aquifer — an underground layer of water-bearing permeable rock, gravel, sand or silt from which groundwater can be extracted — has been discovered in the parched, drought-stricken plains of Kenya, and it holds enough fresh water to provide Kenya’s supply for the next 70 years.

The amount of water found could meet Kenya's needs for decades. (Photo credit: ITV News)
The amount of water found could meet Kenya’s needs for decades. (Photo credit: ITV News)


In an ITV News exclusive report, correspondent Martin Geissler reports that satellite radar and geological imaging has helped scientists find an enormous underground lake more than 300 meters underground that is 25 times the size of Loch Ness. It contains an estimated 200 billion cubic meters of freshwater and is big enough to hold Kenya’s current water reserves 10 times over.

A spokesperson from the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called the Lotikip Basin Aquifer’s discovery a “game changer within the country,” and touted its potential to drastically improve the fate of other African countries facing severe water scarcity.

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