tropical cyclones form in the south pacific tropics between November and April each year
of the Vanuatu population affected by natural disaster each year
Up to 540k
liters of water produced by Petros Primary School’s Hydropanel array over its lifetime
On the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, local officials needed a way to provide safe, reliable drinking water to the community.
In 2015, Cyclone Pam devastated the island of Tanna, destroying 68% of rainwater harvesting structures and 70% of existing water infrastructure. Without infrastructure, water distributed through relief agenicies and rainwater collected in tanks provided residents their only supply of water. Unfortunately, captured rainwater is contaminated by sulphur dust from the island’s volcano before ever reaching community cisterns. Together, destroyed infrastructure and water contamination left residents seeking a new supply of safe water.
In partnership with the Asian Development Bank, Vanuatuan officials installed twenty SOURCE Hydropanels at Petros Primary School on Tanna. Now, the community has a resilient supply of safe drinking water, despite any future disasters.
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