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Resilience, Water
 - 29 July 2022

Resilience episode 9 - Water access for all

A new episode of "Resilience" was broadcast on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 pm on TNTV in French Polynesia

In many Oceanic islands, drinking water is not always available. In this 9th episode, we explore New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis & Futuna to understand the challenges of drinking water access in these territories and to see how PROTEGE support the authorities to improve water-related services.

In this new episode, we focus on drinking water accessibility for the populations of Oceania. A real challenge for many Pacific islands. Thus, PROTEGE leads actions to secure the production and quality of drinking water. To understand these issues, we went filming in Futuna, French Polynesia and New Caledonia.

On Futuna’s Island, the public water disinfection stations are no longer functioning. To provide drinking water to children, PROTEGE has set up atmospheric water fountains in several schools. This device captures water from the atmosphere and filters it. Pupils can thus help themselves as required during school time. They are also made aware of the water cycle from groundwater to tap water, thanks to an educational kit funded by PROTEGE.

In French Polynesia, PROTEGE is supporting 6 municipalities in the implementation of measures to produce drinking water and optimize existing water supply networks. We went to the Tuamotu and the Australs archipelago to meet these populations for whom water is a very precious asset.

In New Caledonia, only 60% of distribution units are equipped with disinfection stations. The others do not undergo any treatment, thus creating a health risk to consumers.

In Thio, we visited a unit fitted with a chlorination system to provide drinking water to the inhabitants. PROTEGE is committed to financing several disinfection stations in communities particularly exposed to health risks. We will also fly to the island of Maré, following a team from the New Caledonian government (Department of Health and Social Affairs -DASS) during the water treatment certification unit of a hemodialysis centre meeting the standards of care for dialysis patients. Water represents an issue here more than anywhere else.

Discover the trailer:



This program is a creation of the Pacific Community though the PROTEGE project, in co-production with Bluegreen production NC.The videos have been produced with the financial support of the European Union. The contents are the sole responsibility of the Pacific Community and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.


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