About Water for Life
Water for Life
Community Education for Water Conservation and Rainwater Harvesting in the United States Affiliated Pacific Islands
With support from the National Science Foundation, Water for Life (WfL) is building communities’ water literacy while improving their access to high quality drinking water. Organized and run through Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) and coordinated by professional educators, environmentalists, and water systems staff in Chuuk, Yap, Palau, and the Marshall Islands, WfL melds engaging and relevant informal science education with powerful professional and community service learning components. Core Teams of educators, environmentalists, and water resource professionals in each site identify, prioritize, plan, and implement projects such as renovating rainwater catchment systems, improving groundwater and surface water sources, creating educational materials, and engaging community members in monitoring and maintaining quality of drinking water sources.
In Chuuk, WfL has focused on improving groundwater springs to enhance access to high quality drinking water. A spring on Tol now has a cement catchment basin and cover to minimize contamination, and its water is being piped ~200m off privately owned land to a tap on a public shoreline. A similar project is underway in Mwan village, on Weno.
In Palau, WfL helps communities revitalize surface water catchments by planting vegetation, repairing dykes and dams, clearing trash from streambeds, etc. Temporary rainwater catchment systems, bob bags, are also being deployed. WfL is working with teachers to create engaging science-learning experiences around water.
In RMI, WfL is working with the Ministry of Education to upgrade existing catchment systems at all 12 public schools on Majuro. Gutters are being replaced/repaired, screens and/or first-flush diverters installed, leaks fixed, covers replaced, tanks cleaned/repainted, runoff/drainage improved, etc.
In Yap, the WfL has focused on improving quality of captured/stored rainwater through the installation of first-flush diverters in community catchment systems on Yap proper and on Ulithi. Bob bag systems are also being set up to build water resiliency.