Water Demand Management

The Problem
Many Pacific islands have problems with water supply because more water is lost through leakage and wastage than they actually deliver.

The Solution
With more pressure on limited resources, many Pacific islands have realised that the key towards sustainability lies not in costly infrastructure extension but in sound management of existing water supplies. This is “demand management” where strategies are developed to optimise existing water resources and infrastructure, and encourage customers to use water efficiently. Economic, environmental and social benefits are achievable with such an approach.

Water Demand Management
SOPAC, the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission, is an intergovernmental organisation based in Suva, Fiji. SOPAC helps member countries to sustainably manage their non-living natural resources. Since mid 2006 SOPAC have been managing the implementation of the New Zealand’s International Aid & Development Agency funded project “Water Demand Management (WDM) for Pacific Island Countries 2006 – 2009”. A partnership with world leading in this field, Wide Bay Water Corporation, were established early 2007. Together these organisations ensure that state of the art WDM techniques and technologies are being implemented in the participating countries. The program is initially focusing on the 5 countries of: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Niue and Solomon Islands, with Vanuatu added as an additional country based on an assessment in 2008.

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