Solomon Islands Water Sector Adaptation Project

“Gud Wata Fo Strongem Komuniti Lo Evritaem”

The current water assistance scheme for Gizo Town is mainly to improve and rehabilitate existing water infrastructures, fix damaged standpipes, rehabilitate or improve wells, and to provide additional water tanks.

In a joint email response to Island Sun Gizo, the Water Resource Division (WRD) and Solomon Islands Water Sector Adaptation Programme (SIWSAP), said this will not fully restore the current water crisis in Gizo, but will contribute in a small way towards a collective effort to address the water issue in Gizo.

“Please kindly note that the current assistance is mainly to improve and rehabilitate the existing water infrastructures (fix damaged stand pipes, rehabilitate/improve wells etc) and to provide additional water tanks.

“This will not fully restore the current water crisis in Gizo, but will contribute in a small way towards a collective effort between the provincial government, national government and existing development partners, including NGOs to address the water issue in Gizo.

The joint response said SIWSAP through the contractors would be constructing a total of 10 rainwater harvesting system, where two tanks will be built at five identified locations in Gizo, as well as two other ones for water storage at an identified location.

This will include repair of leakages of two standpipes and improve six existing hand dug wells.

It adds that WRD had this based on a technical assessment carried out in September 2015 and recommendations were made for the improvement and rehabilitation of specific existing water infrastructures as well as the provision of additional storage tanks to a few public buildings in Gizo.

It says materials have been procured which were said to ship to Gizo on Friday 22, from Honiara on MV Florence.

Moreover, the joint response adds that Construction work on sites identified should commence immediately after that, and the completion of works should be within 30 calendar days from commencement date.

Funds for the project were derived from financial backing from Global Environment Facility (GEF), Least Developed Countries Fund (LCDF) with in kind contribution from the national and provincial governments as well as UNDP.

SIWSAP had outsourced the construction of these water infrastructures through a public tender notice around October-November last year and signed a contract with a local engineering firm, Zenith Engineering and Environmental Services on 14 December 2015.

SIWSAP is implemented by the Solomon Islands Government through the WRD in partnership with UNDP with financial support from GEF.

Its overall objective is to improve the resilience of water resources to the impacts of climate change in order to improve health, sanitation and quality of life, and sustain livelihoods in targeted vulnerable areas of the Solomon Islands.