We are committed to working with the community to understand issues, identify and evaluate alternatives and implement a solution. We need to work together to deliver the best possible outcome for our people and our place.
Protect Our Lagoons
The project’s early findings highlight that Rarotonga’s natural environment is strongly interconnected and at risk, at least in part because of the current lack of public sanitation infrastructure, but also from everyday products that harm the environment when they end up in our water.
Groundwater and water in the lagoon are mixing. This means land-based activities, such as agriculture, waste disposal and septic tanks, directly affect the lagoon’s water quality.
We need your help to protect our lagoons
Toxic material dumped on the ground, or in streams, may make their way into groundwater and eventually into the lagoon. Examples of common products likely to cause issues are insecticides, weed killer, pharmaceuticals, paint and motor oil.
We need to take a more conscious approach to choosing the products we use on land, and do more to protect our streams.
If we don’t make changes, the current issues at Muri are likely to worsen, and develop in other areas around Rarotonga and around the Cook Islands.
Try these ways to protect our lagoons:
Don’t dump toxic substances on the ground - eg insecticides, weed killer, pharmaceuticals, paint, motor oil
Let plants grow along stream edges
Use phosphate-free laundry soap
Use nontoxic household cleaners
Keep pigs and other animals away from streams
Don’t burn rubbish close to streams.
Water Saving Tips
Are you using water wisely?
Try these ways to conserve water at home:
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth = save up to 15 litres a minute
Check for leaks – one drip a second = up to 18 litres a day
Shorten your shower by one or two minutes = save up to 560 litres a month
Only use your washing machine for full loads
When washing dishes, don’t leave the water running for rinsing