Water experts build capacity

Monday March 05, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Water and waste management specialist Astrid Modrow (holding water testing equipment) shared her skills and knowledge with local staff from Infastructure Cook Islands, Ministry of Marine Resources and the GHD project management team. 180228132 Water and waste management specialist Astrid Modrow (holding water testing equipment) shared her skills and knowledge with local staff from Infastructure Cook Islands, Ministry of Marine Resources and the GHD project management team. 180228132

Not only is the Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai project focused on improving the water quality of the lagoons in Rarotonga and Aitutaki – but on also building local capacity to contribute to the sustainability of the project.

Last week, water and waste management specialist Astrid Modrow, pictured holding water testing equipment, shared her skills and knowledge with local staff from Infrastructure Cook Islands, Ministry of Marine Resources and the GHD project management team.

A one- day training workshop was held last Friday to upskill local staff on how to deploy, gather data and maintain the portable water quality station currently set in Muri lagoon.

Modrow, who is a project manager with New Zealand based DCM Process Control, says data collected from the portable water quality station will add to the overall picture that experts are building of the Muri environment as part of the Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai project.

The water quality station can be used in both the lagoon and streams in the Muri area. It collects data on nutrient levels, changes in the water quality after rain and other vital data to add to the overall investigations into how agricultural activities, on-site septic systems and other activities contribute to Muri lagoon’s water quality.

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.

To stay informed about the Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai project – visit the project’s website www.vaikitevai.com, follow the project’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/vaikitevai/ or contact the project management unit on 28851 with any queries or to subscribe to the monthly newsletter which is available in both English and Maori. 

- Matariki Wilson

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