It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Solomon Water website.
Solomon Islands Water Authority, trading as Solomon Water (SW) is making many improvements in the water services we provide. This will ensure we are as efficient as possible and to provide consistent, safe, and reliable service to our customers. We have had considerable help from donor partners over recent years, and remain reliant on donor support for major new capital infrastructure works for years to come. We are very grateful for this assistance.
Honiara is experiencing rapid growth, both informal housing, informal settlements, and commercial developments. Providing water in the places we operate is expensive, and we are progressively upgrading our services to those living in the increasing number of informal settlements, higher areas, and on the fringes of the City.
Solomon water continues to provide water supply in our provincial centers in Auki, Tulagi, and Noro and with plans to expand operations in Gizo and Munda by taking over water supply operations and construction of new and upgraded water supply facilities.
To supply Honiara we have to draw upon and treat around 27 separate water sources and we are still having difficulty meeting the demand for water from our customers. Sometimes the water is pumped three times before it reaches the customer. Many of the pipe and pump systems are old and an active replacement program is in place. This is very costly and will take years to achieve. Learn more about our projects here.
Much of the water we produce is lost either through theft (illegal connections) or leakage from older pipes. Conservation of water is vital to avoid supply disruption as Honiara and provincial towns grow and we ask all our customers to conserve water and report any leakages or illegal connections. This Non-Revenue Water (NRW) contributes to the cost of water which is passed on to the customers.
To meet the challenges ahead and realise our customers’ expectations, we have completed a major Strategic Plan that looks at the needs of Solomon Water for the next 30 years. From this, we have developed a five-year action plan for works needed more urgently. These plans are available here.
We have a great workforce with some very talented people and we have great opportunities for more engineers and project managers to come and work with us.
See our current work opportunities here.
Our aim is to be the leading State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) in the Solomon Islands, surpassing our customers’ expectations in providing them with “safe water for a healthy nation”.
Ian Gooden | CEO