SOLOMON Water is still closing its Kongulai Gravity Source due to high turbidity.
A statement from Solomon Water today said the shutdown is due to high turbidity (silt and dirt particles in the water) experienced upstream as a result of heavy rains at the water source.
Solomon Water acting CEO Scravin Tongi said this action is necessary to ensure safe and clean water is distributed to customers.
“Our water meets the World Health Organisation (WHO) Standards about 98 percent of the time.
“It’s only following heavy rain, particularly in Kombito and Kongulai catchments where illegal activities of logging and quarrying cause sediment that affects the supply and we must shut down,” Mr Tongi said.
“We cannot continue to distribute water when the turbidity level is high as the disinfection process cannot kill any bacteria in the water, making it unsafe and pose health risk to its customers.”
He said the situation is being closely monitored and customers will be updated when the supply will be turned back on.
“Our vision is ‘safe water for a healthy nation’ and we are obliged to strive to provide safe water at all times,” the Acting CEO said.