WATSAN on-board for Vaka Eiva 2012

22 November 2012

WATSAN will be on-site throughout Vaka Eiva 2012 and is challenging all competitors and supporters to walk the talk when it comes to environmental issues.

“This year we have designed our presence at the event to focus on the key areas we work in – water, waste and lagoon protection,” said Head of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning, Donye Numa.

Based at the WATSAN Water Tent, staff from WATSAN will be at the wharf and down at Muri beach throughout the event.

Competitors and supporters can call in and pick up reusable water pouches, and refill their bottles with fresh clean water kindly supplied by Vaima.

While at the tent, people can enjoy the shade, talk with staff and get a quick overview of all the great work the WATSAN team is doing to help protect our unique environment.

“Waste is always a focus for WATSAN, and the team plus a number of volunteers will be helping all visitors and locals at Vaka Eiva to minimise their waste by sorting rubbish correctly and reusing or recycling as much as possible.

“Given the situation with our quickly growing landfill – minimising the waste produced by the event is essential,” said Numa.

“Unless we get some heavy rain in the next few days we’ll also be giving out water conservation tips to visitors. Our water intakes are currently below normal levels, so saving water wherever possible is really important to prevent a serious shortage,” said Numa.

Vaka Eiva 2012 Coordinator Victoria Dearlove said it was superb to have WATSAN on-board as a sponsor for a second year.

“All paddlers are passionate about the environment, and we know how special it is for our visitors to come here and compete on the lagoon, and spend a week on the island. With WATSAN’s help we are able to provide more information and education on the challenges we face environmentally – and get everyone to do their bit,” said Victoria Dearlove.

“We welcome all the paddlers here to Rarotonga. We know they are great supporters of WATSAN’s work to protect the beautiful lagoons of the Cook Islands and will be enthusiastic to play their part,” said Numa