Water galleries installed in Penrhyn

Saturday 23 January 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in National, Outer Islands

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Water  galleries  installed  in Penrhyn
Penrhyn continues to deal with water shortages. The remote island received an emergency shipment of 200,000 litres of water earlier this month. PHOTO: Kiri Ataera/Infrastructure Cook Islands 21011314.

Government has completed the installation of water galleries in the villages of Omoka and Tetautua to help alleviate ongoing water issues in Penrhyn.

Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) Secretary Diane Charlie-Puna arrived in Tongareva on Thursday along with staff to monitor the work.

Infrastructure officials met with Island Government Council on Friday to get a full update on the water situation, government spokesperson Jaewynn McKay said.

According to reports, Penrhyn received some rainfall this week however the island continues to grapple with drought conditions which have forced residents to ration water supplies.

Infrastructure staff will be assessing water levels in public and private water tanks during their visit.

According to the staff, the drought conditions are evident on the island, McKay said.

No additional water shipments from Rarotonga have been requested at this stage, she added.

The island received an emergency shipment of 200,000 litres of water last week, and government officials said a vessel is on standby in Rarotonga in case further shipments are needed.