BY SAMIE WAIKORI
WATER issue faced by Aligegeo School for the last six decades has now been solved.
This follows a partnership work on a water project for the school currently carried by Malaita provincial government and Caritas Australia.
Malaita Provincial Chief Health Inspector, who is also responsible for the project, Ms Gloria Siwainao says the project is progressing, expected to be completed by May this year.
She said currently the project reaches its piping phase, where piping is now in the school compound.
Ms Siwainao said towards the end of last year they completed piping outside of the school from where the water will be sourced.
“The project is a pore-hole and province has the first attempt on it before Caritas Australia assisted.
“The province with the support of the PCDF funding they founded the initial phase of the project.
“After that Caritas Australia upon request made by my office, came and support the rest of the project which costs them around $2 million,” she said.
Siwainao said the Caritas Australia came with a new design for the project and conducted assessment and recommendation on the work required under the project.
She said they came in with their engineers and other expertisee who carried out work on specific technical areas under the project.
Siwainao said now the project is near completion as the 68,000 gallon storage tank for the pore-hole already erected.
She explained that piping is currently going on and they also waiting for pump (machine) for the pore-hole as expects to arrive soon from Australia.
Siwainao said as long as the pump arrives, they will install it and source the water to the school before May as stated.
However, she thanked Caritas Australia for their support, the province and each individual for their support toward the project as near completion.