Recently reported in the news, scientists have discovered massive underground reserves of water throughout the continent of Africa. This initially seems like a fairy tale ‘science find,’ and in some ways it is. And it isn’t just Africa that is looking at a very serious problem in the upcoming years, with an exploding population and climate change to contend with. Water is becoming the new gold, and will increasingly be seen as a hugely precious commodity. So this find stands to change the lives of potentially millions of people in a poverty-stricken land? Yes, but as it is with many basic diseases that the west has dealt with long ago, the question is finding the finance to get to the water.