Yavusania hosts Fiji’s first hydro-panel project

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa with women of Yavusania Village at the hydro-panel project site. Picture: SUPPLIED

IT IS commendable that corporate organisations are lending a helping hand to our people in gaining access to this fundamental human right

Fiji’s Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa said this today while launching the first hydro-panel project in Fiji at Yavusania Village in Nadi.

The project is being implemented by Solved Fiji Limited – a boutique organisation delivering value-based water solutions through advanced technology solutions.

“They are also helping the Fijian Government in achieving its objective to have a 100 per cent of Fiji’s urban population access clean and safe water by 2021 and rural and maritime areas by 2030,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

Hydro panels are an off-grid, solar powered technology that extracts water vapour from the air into a proprietary absorbent material.

The water then flows into a reservoir where it is mineralised with calcium and magnesium for health and taste benefits.

This technology successfully eliminates plastic pollution as well, with each panel displacing up to 50,000 standard plastic bottles, and complements quite aptly the vision of the Fijian Government to minimise plastic use in our pledge to protect the environment.

Another feature of this project is that it is completely infrastructure-independent and uses no electricity or existing water supply to power the hydro panel.