Solomon Water continues to experience severe water shortages at its Kongulai source affecting many customers in Honiara. This started in July this year and as of this week there have been no significant changes to the situation.
Chief Executive Officer Ian Gooden says, “𝘞𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘪 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘬𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘪 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘮. 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 13 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘩𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 6.9 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘶𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘴”.
Kongulai source currently supplies more than 40% of Honiara’s total production and also plays a critical role in pressurizing about 60% of Honiara city, including critical areas.
Daily monitoring of water levels at the Kongulai water source is continuing and we have also made some alterations to our distribution system to ensure water reaches most customers at some time each day. Our investigations to find and clear the blockage in the underground cave system are continuing, however given the complexity of the issue and the obstructions to the sinkhole further inland, it is taking longer than we expected and we are yet to see any significant improvements in the water levels.
“𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘬𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘸𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘬𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘴. 𝘍𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘬𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘭𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘵 𝘶𝘱 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘰𝘩𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘢 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘵” Mr. Gooden added.
Due to the water shortage, Solomon Water is currently implementing a water rationing program to ensure affected customers have water intermittently. There has been challenges with this program due to aging water infrastructures, power outages at our water pumping stations and water disruptions from burst water mains. This has resulted in customers having no running water for extended periods and outside of the rationing times. We have updated our rationing program and we will continue to review the program to do our very best to ensure all our customers receive some water each day.
To support Solomon Water, we call on the public to use water wisely and to report water leaks and theft as we continue to work to minimize any losses or wastage.
“𝘚𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘯 𝘞𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘸. 𝘞𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘪𝘯 𝘏𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘢𝘳𝘢 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘪𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦, 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘒𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘪. 𝘞𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘴𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘧𝘧 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘭𝘥 𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦”, the Solomon Water CEO said.
– Solomon Water