Tuesday, 13 May 2008 1:16 PM

Proper Sanitation in Villages Required: PM

The Coalition for National Unity and Rural Advancement Government would like as many villages as possible in Solomon Islands to have access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation during its term.

Prime Minister, Dr. Derek Sikua, made the statement while addressing villages he visited on North-East Guadalcanal during his current seven-day constituency tour.

Dr. Sikua said that for North-East Guadalcanal a water engineer from the Rural Water and Sanitation Project of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services will be visiting villages and communities there to assess how and where water supply systems can be built.

Dr. Sikua says the people of the Guadalcanal plains will definitely need water supplies because the streams from which they fetch their drinking and cooking water have become polluted as a result of large scale industrial development taking place there.

Villagers of the Guadalcanal plains have told the visiting Prime Minister that water streams are becoming polluted because of the industrial development taking place in their areas. Chemicals are reportedly being used to help palm oil trees improve their yields and stop insects attacking young trees.

Dr. Sikua stated that the water engineer will test whether or not water sources on the Guadalcanal Plains are being polluted by the industrial development.

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