Eco toilets arrive in Aitutaki

Tuesday 19 January 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in National, Outer Islands

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Eco toilets arrive in Aitutaki
The eco toilets are a great solution for the environment and will be expanded to the other outer islands including Rarotonga in time, says Cook Islands Tourism. SUPPLIED/21011825/ 21011826

The new eco toilets in Aitutaki will provide better facility for visitors especially to the motu’s for lagoon excursions.

Ten eco toilets have recently landed in Aitutaki to be placed in various locations around the island.

This initiative was supported by the Ridge to Reef project through the National Environment Service in partnership with Cook Islands Tourism Corporation. The Ridge to Reef project aims to ensure effective mainstreaming of biodiversity in key sectors such as tourism to mitigate threats within production landscapes.

The system was bought through Paradise Trades & Services Ltd (PTS) with the coordination of the Island Government of Aitutaki and Aitutaki tourism visitors coordinator Misepa Isamaela.

Destination Development Coordinator, Sieni Tiraa from Cook Islands Tourism said: “The eco toilets was identified as an eco-friendly solution for an environment that cater to visitors and require necessary amenities.”

“The eco toilets are a great solution for the environment and will be expanded to the other outer islands including Rarotonga in time.”

Having these eco toilets will provide better facilities for the community and for visitors, especially to the motu’s for lagoon excursions. It will also minimise the human footprint on the beautiful environment and biodiversity of Aitutaki.

“The advantages of the eco toilets and why they are being picked for these locations is that they require less water and can enhance the growth of non-edible plants near the system. More importantly, it will keep effluents and pollutants out of our lagoons especially with the evidence of algae and seaweed growth we are now seeing in Muri.”

According to Ridge to Reef project officer Muraai Herman: “This ensures an environmentally sound infrastructure is available on these locations for when tourist and our people arrive back to our shores, we are minimising waste, effluent and pollution entering our pristine lagoon.”

These eco toilets have been placed at: Tautu Wharf, Vaipae Wharf, Base 1, Maina Landing, Motu Tavake (Honeymoon Island), Motu Maina (2x), Moturakau and Motu Tapuaetai (2x).