Speaking during the closing of the saltwater desalination pilot project on Tuesday at Bipi Island, Minister Maru said the people of Manus were very privileged to benefit from such projects.
This project converts beach well water into fresh drinking water, using the technology of reverse osmosis and solar power.
He said many other atoll provinces, who also experience water shortage during the dry seasons, would want to have this but Manus is privileged.
"It’s a big investment. And delivering it here is more expensive than other places," Minister Maru said.