Howard Mendel partners with Sione Fekelia to deliver water filtration system to volcano-savaged Tonga

Hayley Wilkinson
By Hayley Wilkinson
Updated March 31 2022 - 7:39am, first published March 30 2022 - 5:50am
PROJECT WATER: Grange Lifestyle Village resident Howard Mendel and local Tongan man Sione Fekeila demonstrate the water filtration system before sending four of the mechanisms to Tonga. Picture: Les Smith

A Wagga man's simple solution to water filtration could help hundreds of Tongans devastated by January's volcanic eruption access clean water.


Hayley Wilkinson

Hayley grew up in Carabost, 45 minutes south-east of Wagga. She graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Wollongong in 2020 before launching her career at The Daily Advertiser. You can find her covering events, entertainment and human interest. Email:

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