Water project for Bipi Island


SIX solar-powered salt water desalination plants have been commissioned on Bipi Island in Manus as part of a K13 million project.
National project manager Tom Anayabere said the plants would provide fresh water supply for the six island communities on Manus.
Anayabere said the project was funded by the Japanese government for K10 million through the Pacific Environment Community fund. The PNG Government gave K3 million.
“This project is to address the shortage of fresh water in the island communities due to the impacts of climate change,” he said.
“If it works out, both Governments will be looking at replicating it in other parts of the country.”
The six communities to benefit are Bipi, Mbuke, Whal, Nauna, Mal and Aua.
Anayabere said locals were now smiling after years of water supply problems.
“They have been suffering from lack of fresh water supplies for many years and last week was truly an answer to their prayers,” he said.
“It was indeed very historic and we are hoping to deliver portal desalinated plants to Nauna, Mal and Aua islands before December.”
He said the installation work was progressing faster than scheduled.
“Six 120-litre per hour solar-powered desalination plants are producing a water capacity of 720 litres per hour – an equivalent of 4320 litres of fresh desalinated drinking water per day,” he said.
Anayabere said the checks, tests and commissioning of the plants were conducted by the Department of National Planning and Monitoring, Manus Technical Services engineers and the Sojitz Corporation contracted engineers.

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