WATER CRISIS FORUM - Solomon Star News


17 July 2019
The water source at Konglulai has turned milky due to logging activities upstream.

CURRENT water shortages in the city will be the subject of discussions at a meeting scheduled to take place tomorrow in Honiara.

Solomon Water is organising the “stakeholder briefing” to talk about the problems at the Kongulai Water Source.

The source supplies water to about 60 per cent of the city.

Logging and saw-milling upstream have been blamed for the turbidity currently affecting the water source.

In recent weeks, every time it rains, Solomon Water has to shut down the source to avoid the dirty water entering its system.

When this happened, residents have to go without water for several days.

The situation has caused so much outrage among city residents, with calls for the Government to step in and address the water shortage.

The most recent shutdown happened over the weekend during the heavy rain.

Solomon Water chief executive officer Ian Gooden, Director of Water Resources Charles Bepapa, Director of Environment Joe Horokou and Director Operations Kevin Alu are schedule to address the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Kongulai water source community says they are nor responsible for the pollution of the source.

They instead blamed logging activities upstream.

In a statement, the community said they are also victims because they depend on the source.

They also defended a saw million operation some of them are involved upstream, saying it’s a small operation that does not have any impact on the water source.

“The cause of the problem is the logging operation, not our milling,” the statement said.

“The loggers are responsible.

“So it’s good they’ve been issued notice to stop their operation.”

The statement said in January this year, they’ve starting noticing milky water as a result of the logging.

“So for some members of the public to blame our small milling operation for the water problem is unfair.

“The blame must be laid squarely on the shoulders of the logging operation.”