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How can we make our public water supply safe to drink?

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Public workshops on the disinfection method for water treatment is beginning next week, led by the Ministry of Health, Te Mato Vai and To Tatou Vai.

This is following consultations with intake site landowners, House of Ariki, Cabinet Ministers and key stakeholder groups about the disinfection method the Ministry of Health and Te Mato Vai are recommending for Rarotonga.

The purpose of these workshops is to inform the community about the current state of the water supply in Rarotonga, the role of the Ministry of Health and Te Mato Vai in providing clean, safe and reliable water and how this is going to be achieved.

Over the past five years, most community and school water stations have produced poor water quality results especially after heavy rain, with a select few continuing to fail to meet the required bacterial standards for acceptable drinking water.

The Ministry of Health and Te Mato Vai are tasked with providing everyone in Rarotonga with a safe and reliable water supply. Treatment and disinfection is part of this process, and will be discussed in detail during these workshops.

The workshops dates and times are:

  • Vaka Te-au-o-Tonga on Tuesday 14th May from 6pm – 8pm at the Sinai Hall

  • Vaka Puaikura on Wednesday 15th May from 6pm – 8pm at the Calvary Hall

  • Vaka Takitumu on Thursday 16th May from 6pm – 8pm at the Ngatangiia Sunday School Hall

We will be covering topics such as:

— The purpose of the Te Mato Vai project

— The state of the current water supply

— What we are doing about it

— The water treatment process

— Methods of disinfection and the preferred option

If you can’t make these sessions, we will be uploading the presentation material to

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