A 5-day workshop in Chuuk (May 13-17, 2013; see
Agenda WfL CT Wrkshp final) brought together the Core Teams to learn about water and advance the WfL professional learning community
Modules explored at the workshop include:
Module1 – Chemistry and physics of water
Module2 – The oceans (including currents, waves, chemistry, changes, etc.)
Module3 – The atmosphere (including weather, climate, droughts, storms, etc.)
Module4 – Hydrological cycles on different types of islands
Module5 – Island geology and groundwater and surface water issues
Module6 – Containment, maintenance, and monitoring of freshwater quality
Participants also explored various water systems in Chuuk. Field trips to the main Weno water system, a remote community on Weno, and Piis Paneu provided a breadth of perspectives on diverse drinking water issues in the differing Pacific island environments.
Rainwater catchment is used for drinking water on the low island of Piis Paneu, but secondary (non-potable) water is piped in (spigot in foreground).
A solar-powered pumping station gathers and stores groundwater on Piis Paneu. This untreated water is piped to homes, reducing their dependence on rainwater catchment.
Large tanks (the bigger holds a million gallons) at the Weno Water System
Part of the piping at the Weno Water System
Some remote communities on Weno rely on surface water.
Teams from each site also drafted local Action Plans:
Yap Team -WFL- Action Plan Draft May 2013
CHUUK WFL ACTION PLAN
RMI WFL Prioritized Activity