The current adverse weather conditions has forced Solomon Water to close off its Kongulai Pump Station, which supplies about 60% of its customers in Honiara. The shutdown was due to the high turbidity (silt and dirt particles in the water) experienced from the continuous rainfall experienced over the week.

Solomon Water Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ian Gooden, said "Solomon Water action is necessary to ensure that quality and safe water is distributed to the customers. One of the reasons for the shutdown during wet weather is because Solomon Water does not have a Water Treatment Plant to filter out the dirt in the water during heavy rainfalls, therefore the only option is to shut the system until the water is safe for distribution. If we kept on producing water the disinfection process cannot kill any bacteria in the water, making it potentially unsafe for drinking. The silt will also clog up customers pipes and systems."