Fiji Sun - - SUN SHIPPING - Edited by Kar­alaini Waqanidrol­a

overn­ment ves­sel MV

Vat­u­lawa is now ca­pa­ble of mak­ing 50,000 litres of water in one day for drink­ing and house­hold use now that it has been in­stalled with a mo­bile de­sali­na­tion plant.

The mo­bile de­sali­na­tion plant has been loaned by the Port De­na­rau Ma­rina based or­gan­i­sa­tion, Sea Mercy Fiji (SMF) to the Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Of­fice (NDMO) for one year.

The mo­bile plant with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing power gen­er­a­tor worth $100,000 was handed handed to the Min­is­ter of Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Inia Seruiratu and Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary David Kolita­gane last month.

MV Vat­u­lawa has since taken trips to Beqa, Ya­sawa, Ma­manuca and this morn­ing left for the East­ern di­vi­sion start­ing with Gau.

“We have loaned it to the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment un­til next year to as­sist com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing off the main is­lands with their water sup­ply,”SMF pres­i­dent Nigel Skeggs said.

The de­sali­na­tion unit will as­sist mar­itime com­mu­ni­ties with water sup­ply dur­ing emer­gen­cies through the reverse os­mo­sis of salt water into fresh water.

Con­vert­ing sea water into fresh water is now an in­no­va­tive op­tion for is­lands af­fected by pro-longed dry weather.

Over the last three years, the Min­istry has spent $1.2 mil­lion through its Emer­gency Water sup­ply pro­gramme to cart water from Viti Levu and Vanua Levu on barges to drought hotspots in the mar­itime is­lands.

Sea Mercy Fiji mem­bers in­clude yacht own­ers (in­clud­ing su­per yachts) and ship cap­tains who are part of the Port De­na­rau Ma­rina com­mu­nity, Nadi.

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