Desalination plants for remote communities

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Solomon Islands - Solar Desalination Technology Brought to Local Islanders

Moerk Water collaborated with YWAM Honiara, University of the Nations to provide a one-week workshop in the Solomon Islands on solar-powered desalination technology.

It was enthusiastically attended by 29 participants from Honiara, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa. The lessons were taught by Moerk Water staff, Mark Lerch from YWAM Honiara, and Richard Irosaea from Clean Water 4 Life, who invited us to join them in this valuable project.

The participants included local villagers, representatives from several NGOs, the Government, students from the Solomon Island University (USP) “School of Natural Resources & Applied Sciences“ (S.I.N.U.), and the German Development Agency (GIZ). All the participants proudly received their certificate after this highly valued and appreciated workshop.

The project was co-funded by the German Embassy in Canberra.

The morning sessions covered theoretical knowledge.The sessions in the afternoon were hands-on with the solar powered desalination unit, teaching about the essential aspects of managing the drinking water supply.


Martin Brezger, Moerk Water, explains the theoretical aspects of the plant (left).|
Richard Irosea expands further on the theoretical component (right).


Mark Lerch (in blue shirt) introduces and teaches about the different kinds of water samples and water analysis (left). Daniel Wagler explains the technical components (right).


Mark Lerch illustrates manual well drilling technique (left). One of the local participants was able to explain the technology in their local language (right), which further engaged the group and was very well received.


Mark explains and demonstrates the installation of solar energy and how the technology works. For the past ten years, Mark has been living in the Pacific countries like Vanuatu, Samoa and now in the Solomons.

His fields of expertise are solar energy, water treatment and biogas.


All the participants were very attentive and active during the week. Mark Lerch and Martin Brezger handed out certificates October 20, 2017. Everybody proudly and joyfully received these certificates.


One of the students demonstrated the operation of the safe clean drinking water unit during the teaching lessons.


Local newspaper, the 'Solomon Star News', published an article about the event, featuring a photo of Martin Brezger teaching one of the classes.

Solomon Islands - Local clinic to have a clean water supply
The Samarae Clinic in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands will soon have its own Moerk Water solar-powered desalination unit installed. The plant has been co-funded by the German Embassy in Canberra.

Clean drinking water at this rural clinic means that mothers and their newborn babies will now be able to stay for several days before paddling home in their canoes.


Nialyn Nage of Vonga village, a nurse from the Samarae clinic, is one of our
local trainees on this project who will assist in the daily operation of the water plant at the clinic. The training was conducted by Moerk Water.

Somalia - Kismayo General Hospital
Somalia’s Kismayo General Hospital’s desalination plant is now operational. The 100 l/h solar-powered plant was installed with the assistance of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a German provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and regular partner with Moerk Water in bringing clean water where it’s most needed. The installation was carried out by the Pamoja vocational training centre from Zanzibar, an NGO Moerk Water has successfully partnered with on previous installations, assisted by the people of Kismayo.

The Kismayo General Hospital treats high numbers of patients from all over Jubaland State and is vital to the health of this commercial capital. The installation attracted a great deal of attention, including being covered by JubalandTV.


The desalination plant and its building are ready to be officially opened.


Mr Sirat, the GIZ coordinator, presents the desalination plant manuals to Mr. Ali Noor, Minister for Health for Jubaland State, Somalia.


As with all our projects, Moerk Water have coordinated the building of a team of trained local people to operate the plants, bringing further skills and economic benefit to the region.


Local trainees are given extensive training for operating and maintaining the plant.

Source: Moerk Water