Ha’apai: no need to fear water scarcity

Nuku'alofa, TO – Tonga Water Board said there is no need to concern about water supply in Ha’apai after it installed a water distillation plant in Pangai this week. 

This will provide thousands of Ha'apai residents with enough water to survive up to July.

It says this was part of the work done by the board’s workers to areas affected by the cyclone last month.

“A new water distillation machine has been set up on the island.  This can turn up to 20,000 litters of seawater into drinking water,” Radio Tonga quoted Tonga Water Board’s CEO Saimone Helu as saying.

“When we left at the weekend the available water supply processed through the plant was almost 60,000 liters. That is going to be ongoing and that means we will have more water available for the people.

However the amount of drinking water is lowered to 10,000 liters a day in order to maintain the distillation machine. At the moment there is no concern of insufficient water supply in Ha’apai, unless an unexpected problem occurs,” the radio said.

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