Moerk Water collaborated with YWAM Honiara, University of the Nations to provide
a one-week workshop in the Solomon Islands on solar-powered desalination technology.
It was enthusiastically attended by 29 participants from Honiara, Solomon Islands,
Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa.
The participants included local villagers, representatives from several NGOs,
the Government, students from the Solomon Island University (USP)
“School of Natural Resources & Applied Sciences“ (S.I.N.U.),
and the German Development Agency (GIZ).
All the participants proudly received their certificate after
this highly valued and appreciated workshop.
The project was co-funded by the German Embassy in Canberra.
The morning sessions covered theoretical knowledge.
The sessions in the afternoon were hands-on with the solar powered desalination unit,
teaching about the essential aspects of managing the drinking water supply.
Martin Brezger, Moerk Water, explains
the theoretical aspects of the plant.
Mark Lerch (right) introduces and teaches about the different kinds of water samples and water analysis.
Richard Irosea expands further
on the theoretical component.
Daniel Wagler explains
the technical components
Mark Lerch illustrates
manual well drilling technique.
One of the local participants was able
to explain the technology
in their local language.
Mark explains and demonstrates the installation of solar energy
and how the technology works.
For the past ten years, Mark has been living in the Pacific countries like
Vanuatu, Samoa and now in the Solomons.
His fields of expertise are solar energy, water treatment and biogas.
All the participants were very attentive and active during the week.
Mark Lerch and Martin Brezger handed out certificates October 20, 2017.
Everybody proudly and joyfully received these certificates.
Local newspaper, the 'Solomon Star News', published an article about
the event, featuring a photo of Martin Brezger teaching one of the classes.