In June 2021, the enumerator team in Vanuatu completed training at the University of the South Pacific and will soon commence data collection in Vanuatu. The team of eight enumerators, who have a diverse grounding in both environmental and social sciences, will carry out household surveys and water quality testing across 10 islands.

Six people in a room, looking at computers and papers on a desk

USP enumerator training

Three screens from a Zoom meeting, each showing members of the project team

The field work will take place throughout the relatively dry months of July and August and will aim to build a robust understanding of self-supply in small island settings. Self-supply in rural Vanuatu largely comes in the form of private rainwater tanks, though private dug wells can also be found. Further water quality testing will also take place in the rainy season in late 2021 and early 2022.