There is no public water supply connected to Colo-I-Suva Rainforest Eco Resort . Therefore, we had to develop our own water source. Luckily, we are situated in site of a large man made fresh water lake.
We ‘plumbed in’ two pumps and a chemical free filtration system with Ultra Violet (UV) treatment for bacterial removal.
This water is delivered via 300 meters of 2-inch pressure pipe from a 220 metre elevation to water holding tanks and treatment equipment at an elevation of about 250 Mtres above sea level at the back of the property. We dug the trench for the pipe by hand and buried it to reduce accidents and increase longevity. We have installed a pressure pump at the storage tanks to increase static pressure at the resort.
When the water is pumped up to a storage tank and is at the highest point of the property, it is filtered through a Multi-Media filter and it is sterilised twice (in a failsafe array) via an efficient but effective series of UV Light sterilisers providing a fresh, clean, safe and chemical free water supply for the entire resort.
We also employ the following water conservation practices:
- use low-flow faucets and showerheads
- use low-water use toilets (and /or placing displacement objects in the cisterns to reduce water flush volumes)
- change linens, towels, upon request and on check-out
- use biodegradable, septic tank compatible laundry detergent, dish soap and hand soap
- avoid the use of chemicals as much as possible – some chlorine is used for the pool, however, bleach / chlorine is not used for general cleaning, a mix of cleaning vinegar at 5% acidity and eucalyptus oil and/or bicarbonate of soda is used for all general cleaning including pathways and other outdoor areas.
Wastewater is piped into our septic treatment system, as there is no sewer line from the municipality. Grey water from the restaurant kitchen goes to a grease trap before entering the sewerage system. Natural Enzyme treatment ensures maximum digestion of effluent in an anerobic environment.
Our water is tested regularly by the University of the South Pacific’s analytical laboratory’s – Institute of Applied Sciences and is within the acceptable levels as dictated by the WHO guidelines for drinking water standards.