Recent United Nations' studies state that over 2 billion people will suffer severe water shortages by 2050.
In the next 10 years, all of the countries predicted to be "water scarce" are in Africa in the sub-Sahara region. This problem will be exacerbated by the expected doubling of this area's population in the next 40 years.
Increased regional conflicts over water supplies are also predicted in this time frame.
The sub-Saharan countries have no access to sustainable water sources.
The United Nations estimate that by 2025, two-thirds of arable land in Africa will disappear.
As the rate of climate change progresses, the poorer countries will experience further shortages of water, shorter growing seasons (and less food), and more outbreaks of 'vector' borne diseases.
THE PROPOSED TAP SOLUTION
Construct desalination plants on each coast.
Construct a network of pipelines originating from each coastal plant to transport this water to storage tank farms strategically located along the routes to serve about 20 million people.
Basic human water requirement for drinking, cooking and hygiene is about 30 liters/day per person.
Sufficient water production from these plants will provide irrigation for crops.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Spread the word. Talk about this enormous undertaking with everyone you can - you never know who might know someone who can help in an important way.
Lend your voice of support. Right now this isn't involving the Canadian government but we still want them to be aware and perhaps play a role, so please write or call your MP and encourage her/him to let the Prime Minister know this is a project you believe in.
Volunteer - contact us to make arrangements. Volunteer opporunities may not be plentiful for a project such as this but that doesn't mean they won't exist at all - get in touch and let's discuss how you can help.
Help us financially. So far the progress made on this project has been due to volunteer efforts and personal investment by various members of the TAP Team - now that we have brought it to a point where even more dedication will be involved we need to have funds for operating expenses - no contribution is too small (or too big!)