Gulf Province Water Supply Consulting


In 2016, Moerk Water, in partnership with a Youth With a Mission medical ship, visited villages along the Pie River in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. The medical ship visited remote villages along the river and delivered primary healthcare, eye care and dentistry. Moerk Water installed a solar-powered membrane filtration system on the ship which was capable of treating the varying quality of the river water. The easy to use unit was constructed with robust and durable parts that could be sourced locally. The water treatment unit provided the patients onboard the ship and any villages that were visited with clean drinking water. As the medical ship visited each village, Moerk Water would perform water quality assessments of the nearby water sources (rainwater storage, wells and river water) and consult with villagers on water supply options. When the medical ship returned to Port Moresby, Moerk Water met with PNG Water authorities and the Deputy Secretary of Community Development to communicate the results of the Pie River water quality assessments.

Project Outcomes:


  • 8 villages were visited along the Pie river and water quality assessments were performed
  • An easy to use drinking water filtration system was installed on the YWAM ship
  • Patients aboard the YWAM ship were given access to clean drinking water
  • Communicated results of water quality assessments to PNG Water authorities and
  • Deputy Secretary of Community Development
  • Capability Community Water Independence
  • Feedwater Surface Water
  • Water Quality Red Flags Suspended Solids, Microbiological Contamination
  • Primary Water Treatment Membrane Desalination
  • Project Outcomes