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Vuadomo Villagers To Benefit From New Water Plan

Vuadomo Villagers To Benefit From New Water Plan
Vuadomo Village in Savusavu, Vanua Levu. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji
May 17
12:16 2017

Ninety-seven villagers of Vuadomo, outside Savusavu Town, in Vanua Levu will soon benefit from their rural water project that started on Monday.

The $145,421 project has been outsourced by the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) to Ariyan’s Contractors. It will take 12 weeks to complete the construction of a new dam, a new 45,460 litre tank, the laying of new mains, and the installation of air valves, standpipes and showers.

WAF chief executive officer Opetaia Ravai said the outsourcing model they were implementing empowers the community by paying the water committee for the village support required to undertake the works.

“This empowers the water committee to be responsible for ongoing maintenance and repairs, thus ensuring the longevity and sustainability of their village water supply system.

“Further, it builds the local capacity of contractors to undertake water supply construction work. For this project, the village water committee will receive $3125 as payment for the village assistance provided,” Mr Ravai said.

Vuadomo Water Committee chair Lemeki Matabogi, 57, said: “I am thankful that the water will be coming soon as this will boost our well-being and I am really thankful for this help from the Government through the Water Authority of Fiji.

A survey by WAF officials determined that the existing scheme, installed in the early 80s, was deteriorating and needed a full upgrade.

This, combined with intermittent dry spells and Vuadomo’s growing population, has meant that the water supply has not been sufficient to meet the demand.

“Once this project is completed, we will no longer have to rely on the creek. The current source of water we normally rely on is downstream and during the dry periods we have no water, but is a blessing if it rains,” Mr Matabogi said.

Verenica Serea, 46, said: “I have been living in Vuadomo Village for the past 29 years and we have been depending on rain water and water carting, especially when the system fails or the source dries up. This new water project will help us in our daily activities, especially for the women when we conduct our washing and daily chores.”

Mr Ravai said WAF would continue to implement works that ensure Fijians have access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation.

Source: Water Authority of Fiji

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