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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, April 29) - A water expert
working in the North Pacific says Majuro in the Marshall Islands is far ahead of
other island nations in Micronesia because it has a separate and functioning
water utility company.

Tim Scheidt, who is the water operations manager for Yap’s
Public Service Corporation, said in most islands, water utilities come under
power companies or don’t exist at all.

Scheidt said water is an important issue for islands in the
region, but waste water problems are likely to become an even bigger issue in
the future.

He said people in Majuro are used to water shortages as they
rely on rainwater and only receive supplies three times a week.

But he warned that people still need to take care with their
drinking water because while the rainwater is bacteria free, there was often a
build up of contaminants in pipes and tanks.

April 29, 2003

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