The Solomon Water is a State Owned Enterprise (SOE) created under the Solomon Water Act 1992.
In line with its legal mandate, the state company provides essential services in the areas of water and wastewater, and plays a big role in the delivery of these services. At present, Solomon Water operates in Honiara, Auki, Noro and Tulagi but the company anticipates an expansion of its services to Gizo in the Western Province and other provincial centers in the near future.
“Safe Water for a healthy Nation”
“To provide reliable and safe water supply and sewerage services within our area of operations in Solomon Islands”
Solomon Water is created and legislated under the State Owned Enterprises Act 2007, the Solomon Islands Water Authority Act 1992 and the State Owned Enterprises Regulations 2010.
Solomon Water is governed by a Board of Directors that reports to the Minister of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE), and the Minister of Finance and Treasury (MoFT). The Board is responsible for employing the Chief Executive, charting the company’s strategic direction, setting objectives and policy guidelines and for the management of goals that monitor the achievement of these matters.
Additionally, the Board is also responsible for reviewing Solomon Water’s Statement of Corporate Objectives, annual performance through the Annual Report and approves the company’s operating and capital budgets each year. The Board also reviews matters of a major or unusual nature, which are not in Solomon Water’s ordinary course of business.
Oversight and management of the water and sanitation sub-sector within the Solomon Islands falls under the jurisdiction of two ministries. The Water Resources Division of the Ministry of Energy Mines and Rural Electrification (MEMRE) looks after the national water sector policy which has a direct bearing on Solomon Water, while the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MOHMS) is in-charge of water quality standards and policy relating to rural water supply and sanitation.