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PUB water reticulation site survey, complete

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Kiribati Adaptation Program (KAPIII) completes a survey for flow meter and air release chamber locations, an upgrade to South Tarawa Water Network. Chambers will be constructed from Tanaea to Betio to improve the PUB reticulation system to manage the water leakage problem on South Tarawa. Leakage detection and repair is one of KAPIII’s main objectives under Component 1 which is to improve water resource use and management through reduced leakage and wastage in existing systems.

Bairiki, Tarawa 25 September, 2013— KIRIBATI Adaptation Program – Phase III (KAPIII) together with the Lands Management Division and Public Utilities Board (PUB) completed a site survey to ensure each valve meter, air release valve and other small valve meter chambers are built on their proper sites, as part of the leak reduction in the PUB water supply network in South Tarawa under which, is supported by KAPIII.

The survey took place from Tanaea to Betio identifying all locations for the valve and flow meter chambers at which points the flow can be controlled and measured, together with 13 locations for new air release valve chambers, which will help PUB detect where the leaks are coming from. The chambers would run adjacent to the road for future maintenance purposes particularly for future leak detection and will also be moved away from areas of shoreline erosion, where it is vulnerable to being broken.

“Reducing leakage in the Tarawa reticulation system is a key priority for the Government of Kiribati.” KAPIII Program Manager, Kautuna Kaitara said.

“Under KAPIII, a key objective is to reduce leakage and unaccounted water in the PUB network, and to introduce improved, practical asset management practices within PUB to maintain and operate the water network system better.” He added.

“Leak detection and rehabilitation of the system through this activity will provide support to PUB’s key outputs of supplying water to its customers based on the quantity and quality recognized standards.” Public Utilities Board (PUB), CEO,Kevin Rouatu said.

Based on a report by PUB, leakage in the system is stated to be around 67% and the quality of the water provided by the public water supply system has decreased over the past years and in 2010 more than 50% of the samples taken by MHMS showed bacteriological loading and did not meet basic WHO standards.

The survey undertaken by the team is part of the World Bank requirement under the Abbreviated Resettlement Action Plan Policy (ARAP), also the World Bank’s safeguard policy. The team also followed guidelines from the Kiribati Government under the Land Acquisition Resettlement Action Framework (LARAF) ensuring that the installation of these flow meters and air release valves will not impact people’s livelihoods in any way and if so, negotiations will be made with land owners.

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