The Department of Water Resources (DoWR) is moving ahead with plans to improve water security on Ambae signing contracts to build 10 Rainwater Harvesting structures on Ambae Island. In each location, a house with a 50m2 catchment will provide rainwater to a 10,000L storage tank in order to meet safe drinking water needs and provide a resilient and low-maintenance secondary supply.
On 11th December 2019, the Council of Ministers in its 28th meeting issued the decision to restore all services on Ambae. Following this decision, Area Councils on Ambae selected priority locations and DoWR contracted the services of IsraAID to implement the works component of the Ambae Rainwater Harvesting Project.
The Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) Project component of the TC Pam Recovery Water Sector Program aims to construct 76 RWH systems across the provinces of PENAMA, MALAMPA, SHEFA and TAFEA in locations impacted by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
Across Vanuatu, 59 of the RWH projects are complete. The project is funded by the Australian Government and is being implemented by the Department of Water Resources.