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Improving water quality

Friday November 10, 2017 Written by Published in Local

In January 2017, the Cook Islands Government launched the Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai project to improve the water quality of the lagoons in Rarotonga and Aitutaki.

 

The project involves confirming the source of the issues, identifying what can be done in the short term, providing a road map for investment, developing a concept design for a long-term wastewater management solution, establishment of a Crown-owned water and wastewater authority and engaging with the community throughout and beyond.

The project includes:

•           Environmental monitoring and investigation programme

•           Early measures to address the issues in the shorter term

•           Design of infrastructure for improved wastewater management in the long-term

•           Establishment of a Crown-owned water and wastewater authority.

Muri Lagoon contains sediments and nutrients that impacts water quality, ecosystem diversity and aesthetic appearance.

There are likely to be a number of contributing factors, including wastewater, current and historical agricultural land-use (clearing of forests, use of fertiliser and animal waste), development and erosion.

The community is encouraged to “have your say” and get involved to help deliver the best possible outcome for the wellbeing of the people and environment of the Cook Islands.

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