AR1Final - Date: 3/4/08 To: Professor Fellows, WTSN 104 and...

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Date: 3/4/08 To: Professor Fellows, WTSN 104 and Team AquaForce From: Logan Spring Subject: Analytical Review #1 Introduction What is the problem statement? How can fresh water systems in Kenya be sanitized? How does this article relate to team AquaForce? Subsequent to multiple team meetings and discussions, Team AquaForce narrowed down our problem statement to that mentioned above. During this time, we also discussed articles and topics which would not only pertain to our problem statement, but would also help us gain valuable insight to the culture and current events of Africa. The article “Avoiding Conflicts over Africa’s Water Resources” is a perfect example of an article which will compel AquaForce to consider the reactions of the people of Kenya, while devising a potential solution. In this article, Peter J. Ashton spends the majority of his time emphasizing the importance of bioengineering in solving this crisis. What is the purpose of the article? As the population of all of Africa’s countries continues to grow, the demand for water becomes greater. Throughout the article, Ashton emphasizes this and several other points. For instance, he wishes to raise awareness of the seriousness of the water crisis, to eventually increase both the quantity and the quality of the water. Another of Ashton’s main goals is to unveil the many effects of Kenya’s unequal access to water. The people and villages with land near a fresh water source have superior access to that water. This could pose many problems as the water crisis continues to escalate. The purpose of this article, therefore, is not only to solve all of the factors involved in the water crisis, but to avoid conflict at the same time. What are the questions presented in the article? Ashton begins his article by writing about how water limits the development of Africa. He contributes Africa’s general lack of prosperity to the fact that there is such a limited supply of water. He goes on to discuss what is different about Africa, compared to the rest of the world, both geographically and socially. He looks into why the water supply continues to diminish, and how long the current water supply can last. Later in the article he goes into more specific questions, such as how the conflicts in Africa are created, how they could be further irritated, and how new conflicts could be created. Ashton also expresses the importance of cooperation amongst the nations of Africa, and describes how this unification will increase Africa’s ability to share water. Lastly, Ashton looks into the value of water, noticing that the value is hardly consistent. He notes that its value tends to fluctuate with supply and demand.
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Information What is some crucial data presented in the article? The lack of water in many villages across Africa limits their development dramatically. It
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AR1Final - Date: 3/4/08 To: Professor Fellows, WTSN 104 and...

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