4 Sep 2013

NZ giving $5 million to water initiatives

9:51 am on 4 September 2013

The Government has announced a $5 million initiative to help five low-lying Pacific countries which are vulnerable to water shortages to better manage their fresh water resources.

The money will assist Tuvalu, Tokelau, Kiribati, the Cook Islands and the Marshall Islands.

Prime Minister John Key says on top of practical and health difficulties, water shortages hold the economies back, from crop failures to losing tourism trade.

The project will focus on practical issues such as ensuring gutters are connected to storage tanks and training water security officers to monitor water levels and helping communities prepare for shortages.