Solomon Water overwhelmed by population increase

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

THE population served by Solomon Water in Honiara and surrounding villages is projected to increase to approximately 295,000 people by 2047.

Solomon Water currently provides water services to 58,000 people in Honiara and surrounding areas in Guadalcanal according to their 30 Year Strategic Plan.

The increase is reported to be driven primarily by migration of people from rural communities to urban areas and the provision of backlog services to existing communities.

Projected population increase over the next 30 years will have a significant impact on current water supply and wastewater systems including increased health, environmental and water quality impacts of wastewater discharge, the need for additional water sources due to increased water supply demand and the need to extend reticulation systems and improve the capacity of transfer systems.