Solomon Water has awarded a major contract to Plan International Australia to implement a Hygiene Promotion Project in six Honiara settlements.

The Hygiene Promotion Project is expected to improve effective hygiene behavior and increase the number of households using effective toilets and hand washing facilities in selected settlements. It is part of Solomon Water’s overall water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) program under the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project (UWSSSP).

Honiara settlements that will benefit from the WASH Hygiene Promotion Project are Kombito 1, Kombito 2, Kombito 3, Mamulele, Green Valley and Independence Valley.   The settlement selection process was conducted by Solomon Water and the Honiara City Council.

“Plan International Australia has extensive experience in the WASH sector and Solomon Water is excited to work with their team” said Solomon Water CEO Ian Gooden. “The Hygiene Promotion Project focuses on improving hand washing at critical times, using an effective toilet, and managing and using water in a safe and hygienic way”.

“While the Hygiene Promotion Project was not designed specifically to address pandemics such as the current coronavirus, Solomon Water expects the project to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene practices for approximately 7,000 people – including women and girls - in the selected settlements” he said. “In turn, the improved WASH behaviors will ultimately reduce the transmission of water and air borne illnesses, including coronavirus”.

The Hygiene Promotion Project is part of Solomon Water’s Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project (UWSSSP) that is funded by the Solomon Islands Government and development partners the Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank and European Union (EU).

Other key WASH projects Solomon Water is implementing under UWSSSP are a recently completed WASH Household Survey and the WASH in Schools Project.

The Hygiene Promotion Project has commenced and will be implemented over 14 months.