29 Apr 2003

Water experts praises Marshall Islands policy

10:23 am on 29 April 2003

A water expert working in the North Pacific says Majuro in the Marshall Islands is far ahead of other island nations in Micronesia because it has a separate and functioning water utility company.

Tim Scheidt, who is the water operations manager for Yap's Public Servic Corporation, says in most islands, water utilities come under power companies or don't exist at alll.

Mr Scheidt says water is an important issue for islands in the region, but waste water problems are likely to become an even bigger issue in the future.

He says people in Majuro are used to water shortages as they rely on rainwater and only receive supplies three times a week.

But he warned that people still need to take care with their drinking water because while the rainwater is bacteria free, there was often a build up of contaminants in pipes and tanks.