Solomon Water explains plans for a water treatment plant and improvements to Honiaras water supply.
In a letter to the Solomon's media yesterday, 4 September 2019, the Chairman of Solomon Water, Carson Korowa, said, quote:
The ongoing shutdowns at Kongulai following heavy rain will continue until a new treatment plant for Kongulai is operational in mid 2021.
The plant is currently at the design stage and the construction cost will be about $120 million, he explained.
In the meantime, he said Solomon Water is working to improve the water supply for Honiara through rehabilitating the White River bore field and investigating drilling bores in other locations in Honiara to provide more water at a cost of about $14 million.
We are seeking funding support from Government for these works as we do not have enough money to fund them ourselves and they do not qualify for donor funding.
We are anticipating approval by donors and Government of around $570 million at the end of September for water and wastewater projects in Honiara as well as water projects in Auki, Noro, Tulagi, Gizo and Munda.
Solomon Water has also identified Lungga River as a long term source of water for Honiara and feasibility studies for the plant have been completed.
The plant will cost about $400 million and is currently not funded by the above programme.
We are seeking further support from Government and donors for this project as this will assist with the ongoing water issues and the upcoming South Pacific Games in 2023.