Permanent Secretary Rence Sore confirmed this when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in Parliament last week.
Mr Sore said the increase from $0.4 million in 2012 budget to $2.8 million in next year’s budget is mainly to support a number of projects.
These include expansion of hydrological monitoring to support rural electrification initiative in country; flood monitoring programme; formulating water resource policy and action plan and implementing Solomon Islands water sector adaptation programme for next year.
Mr Sore said other increase that influences the Ministry’s recurrent budget as well is the Petroleum division plus other administrative changes within the ministry.
Meanwhile, $27, 630, 000 was allocated in the development budget for the ministry.
Mr Sore said this is to support the ongoing projects of the ministry like constituency rural electrification project, rural solar electrification for schools and clinics, Tina hydro project, water supply system, rural energy for provincial centres and community micro feasibility studies.
He said the water system is an ongoing project in Honiara and Auki.
“In Honiara bore holes have already completed and pipeline laid on road with some still to be implemented.
“In Auki, bore holes have been completed,” he said.
By Eddie Osifelo
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