Boora Bora Case Study

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Bora Bora, a small South Pacific island locates just northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia (see appendix 1 for details). It has been argued that it is the most beautiful and famous island of the world. Bora Bora has a tropical climate. [It is] characterized by a hot and wet season during the austral summer from November to April and a colder and dried period in the austral winter from May to October (Gischler et al., 2016). Bora Bora is considered a small volcano island. The volcanic island of Bora Bora is densely wooded and covers an area of about 30km2 with the highest point Mount Otemanu rising up to 727m above sea level (Isaack et al., 2016). It is also surrounded by a vast amount of coral reefs. The island has a population of around …show more content…
However, it is difficult for the government to determine how much water each sector can use. Gleick (1998) proposed certain criteria for water planning. One of them is the renewability of water resources. In a small island like Bora Bora, groundwater supply is low. Even though the island now has two waste water treatment plants, one on the north side and one on the south side (Lazarova, Asano, Bahri & Anderson 2013). Assuming the number of tourists are going to increase based on current statistic, a third waste water treatment plants is required. It will be placed between two treatment plants. They should be all connect to each other so that it would speed up the flow of the water. This should expand the water coverage among different sectors. In addition, pollution has heavily affect the quality of water. Pollution such as sewage pollution generated from villages and hotels flows to the langoon. The Ministry of Health has been monitoring through water quality in Tahiti since 1982. In 1992, 37% of swimming beaches around Papeete had good water quality, 26% had average water quality, 30% had polluted water at times and 6% had consistently poor quality water (Hutchings Paryi & Gabrie, 1994).There is no research being conducted years after. But despites the increasing population on the island, pollution issue is hard to avoid. In order to maintain good quality water, a water purification plant treatment machinery (as shown in appendix 6). This machine is said to be get rid of bacterial virus, heavy metallic irons. As well as poison harmful material such as four chlorination carbons, benzenes, hydrocarbon, and mercury. The idea is to connect a pipe into sea water and let it pump to the machine for filtering. Clean and sweet water would be the end result. The machine is planned to locate close to the treatment

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