Honiara Desalination Training


Moerk Water, in partnership with Youth With a Mission Solomon Islands and University of the Nations ran a training course in Honiara to teach locals about solar powered water treatment technologies. The course consisted of three Moerk Water engineers running theoretical and practical sessions covering solar power generation, water purification, water filtration, water storage and distribution networks. In total, there were 30 attendees from a range of technical backgrounds. Following the training, several attendees installed a solar powered water treatment system at a maternity clinic in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. The installation of this water treatment system in Western Province meant that the maternity clinic had an uninterrupted supply of clean water for the first time. This water was supplied to new mothers as drinking water and used by the midwives to clean medical instruments.


Project Outcomes: 


  • In 2017, Moerk Water ran a solar powered water treatment training session for locals in Honiara.
  • The hands on and theoretical training was covered by Solomon Star News
  • Following training, the training participants installed a water treatment unit at a maternity clinic in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands
  • This installation gave the maternity clinic an uninterrupted supply of clean water for the first time




“Yes, after the workshop of the desalination we also chose to go down to install the machine for the Western Province. First we went to the communities near the clinics and we did a small workshop there. We brought the machine, showed the machine, how the machine works, how it purifies the water so also the community people were surprised really and wanted the machine to stay at the clinic so that they use it and they get help from it there for the fresh water. Everybody was happy and they chose 5 of the volunteers to keep the machine including the nurse and midwife and we did a small workshop for them, how to run the machine, how to start it, how to look after it and the next day we went back to the island, the clinic, and we installed it. It is the first time for us, it is the first machine like that we only did a course for one week and we went and installed it.” – Training course participant.

  • Capability Community Water Independence
  • Feedwater Bore water, sea water, well water
  • Water Quality Red Flags Salinity, Biological Contamination, suspended solids
  • Primary Water Treatment Membrane Desalination
  • Project Outcomes