We’ve all heard about water shortage and poverty in Africa. At the very least we’ve caught a glimpse of a newspaper headline about regional drought, or maybe even donated to some kind of global relief organization working to provide drinking water to impoverished communities. With the availability of drinkable water decreasing and the need for water increasing with population growth, both local and world leaders have been working to address the issue of water scarcity in Africa for decades. But far too often, desalination is left out of the conversation.
Time and again, history has shown us that poverty relief and development begin with reliable access to clean water. Looking at the nature of water scarcity in Africa, it seems necessary to consider how a seawater desalination industry could be part of the solution to tackle several of Africa’s harsh realities.