Big chunk of population run independent water

Alan Ah Mu

pouring water A big part of the population gets water from their own systems, independent of Samoa Water Authority (SWA).

Some 17 per cent of the population does so, said Frances Reupena, head of Water and Sanitation Sector.

There are 32 independent water operators registered in the country, said Reupena.

But in line with the theme of this year’s World Water Day tomorrow, the villages who run their own water systems, place themselves where possible under the same sanitation and management practices as SWA.

“We work together already,” said Suluimalo Amataga Penaia, acting chief executive officer, of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE).

MNRE, Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and other agencies within the Water and Sanitation sector commemorate World Water Day under the theme, “Water Cooperation for our Futures.”

Reupena said about 12 of the independent water systems have had water tanks and other facilities upgraded under Phase I of a project by Water and Sanitation Sector.

Next in line for them are treatment plants, she said.

But a need to strengthen cooperation on water issues between government, NGOs, private sector and communities exists.

To manage “crosscutting issues” that range from water resources conservation and protection, to water supplies and other water development services and wastewater management creates challenges that can only be solved through collaborate efforts.

Amongst the activities set for World Water Day is for college students near rivers to get close and personal and taught how to take and analyze samples and test them for quality.