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Fresh Water Sources in Louisiades?

simon

Rebecca and Fred from the yacht Tonga Moon are planning a cruise to the Louisiades.

They don't have a water maker and are requesting advice as to the best places to obtain water in the Louisiades.

Please reply to this thread if you have up to date advice.


simon

> They don't have a water maker and are requesting advice as to the best places to obtain water in the Louisiades.

Advice from our 2009 experience:

The only places we visited with freshwater infrastructure (I.e. a tap) were Bwagoia on Misima Is and Nimoa Is mission and clinic. Everywhere else depends on brackish wells or catching their own rainwater. The quality of all water in the islands should be considered suspect. Locals generally drink coconut water, and fresh water is used for cooking or washing.

We found a freshwater stream at the north end of Rossell, but you can be almost certain that it is used for washing (if not sewage) by villages or sago processors upstream. It would be a long hike to get to a clean source.

Another possibility is to trade with other yachts. Keep in touch on Sheila Net on the HF an you might be able arrange resupply from another cruiser. Many of the newer boats seem to have enough watermaking capacity to supply a small village!



Collecting rainwater is the easiest and we have always had plenty of water in the last 3 years.
Good water from taps at Gulewa on north side of Misima and Rambuso Creek on Sudest We have often collected water from creeks on Rossel and have always found the locals very helpful in showing us the best spots for drinking, washing etc.


Good fresh water at the nothern end of Nimowa Island. They have a waterhole that have gutters around and a roof. Very good water

 



2014 and fresh water is at a low supply - drught and cyclone damage to roofs 


Good fresh water at Waga Waga on south coast of Misima, about 10 Miles west from the harbour. Stern to anchorage in light winds , best when east winds. River flow into he water


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