Fixing Ebeye’s water system

Ebeye residents spend a lot of time and effort obtaining and delivering fresh water to homes on the small island. This is expected to improve with a $20 million water and sewer project about to start at Ebeye. Photo: Rose Murphy.
Ebeye residents spend a lot of time and effort obtaining and delivering fresh water to homes on the small island. This is expected to improve with a $20 million water and sewer project about to start at Ebeye. Photo: Rose Murphy.


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $5 million grant and will administer another $4 million grant from the government of Australia to increase access to safe water and improve sanitation in Ebeye.
“Ebeye has a high incidence of water-borne diseases stemming from an inefficient water supply system that is only able to service each household for up to one hour per week,” said Stephen Blaik, Principal Urban Development Specialist in ADB’s Pacific Regional Department. “This project will help upgrade the existing network, and raise awareness of basic hygiene practices to raise public health standards in this drought-prone area.”
Groundbreaking for the Ebeye water and sewer improvement project is scheduled for next Tuesday on Ebeye.
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