Finally, fresh water for islanders!
Mother-of-two, Regina George, of Bipi Island in Manus, is one of those privileged ones who is now having and will have access to clean drinking water during the dry season.
This has been made possible through the use of reverse osmosis technology, which involves converting beach well water using solar-powered desalination plants to fresh water.
K12 million was from the PEC funds while National Planning put K3 million into the project.
"Previously during dry season, we traveled to mainland Manus to fetch water.
The desalinated water is used for drinking while the waste water, which is still clean, is used for washing and doing laundry.
10 plants were installed on Mbuke, Whal and Bipi islands after feasibility studies were conducted.
The plants’ filtration needs to be replaced every six months and Sojitz commercial manager, Paul Kone, said as the construction company, they will return to the island over the next 2 years to monitor the equipment.
The Japanese Ambassador was also on Bipi Island on Tuesday to hand over the project to Minister Maru.
(George using the water on Bipi Island.
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