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8.8 Public education (Topic h)

Regionally very little effort is put into educating the public about the disposal of wastewater. Itís one of those subjects that Pacific residents do not like to hear about and utilities do not like to talk about. Never the less public education and awareness is a very useful tool in promoting good health and hygiene practices as well as the adverse impacts on the environment related to wastewater disposal.

Utilities in Yap (FSM), American Samoa and in PNG have indicated that they undertake public education through awareness campaigns, public meetings, printed materials and the radio. The Solomon Island Water Authority (SIWA) has a very active Public Relations section but its main focus is in providing freshwater to customers.

When trying to introduce a new technology like composting toilets or when promoting new or upgraded projects, the public must be informed to gain their confidence and support.


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