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Villagers Enjoy Safer Water Source Through Rain Water Harvesting Systems

Villagers Enjoy Safer Water Source Through Rain Water Harvesting Systems
Chief guest and Roko Tui Tailevu, Iliesa Delasau, samples water from a newly – installed stand pipe after officially commissioning the water project in Matamaivere Village in Namara, Tailevu.
May 03
11:00 2018

Twenty households in Matamaivere Village in Namara, Tailevu, about 19 kilometres from Nausori Town, now have a safer source of water supply after the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) installed Rain Water Harvesting systems.

At the commissioning of the project on Wednesday, May 2, the Roko Tui Tailevu, Iliesa Delasau was chief guest, when the villagers of Matamaivere celebrated the commissioning of their water project.

WAF chief operating officer Samanmal Ekanayake said: “The $98,100 project saw the installation of 20 sets of 5200litre water tanks, roof catchments, gutters, and down­pipes. The project also saw the installation of pipe fittings, tees, valves and washouts”.

A 10,000-litre tank and guttering were also installed at the village church.

WAF crew members with the assistance of the villagers, also repaired a damaged concrete water tank.

The Roko Tui Tailevu said he was grateful for the assistance given by the Fijian Gov­ernment through the WAF.

“I would like to thank the Government of the day for this great assistance, this dis­trict, the district of Namara has been with­out water for so long – for more than four to five decades,” he said.

“A big vinaka vakalevu to the Government of the day through the Water Authority of Fiji for this assistance.”

Matamaivere Village headman (Turaga ni Koro), 66-year-old, Emosi Waqairavoka, said: “This rainwater harvesting project only applied to 20 houses in the village as the remainder already have their own wa­ter tanks. There are 147 people in our vil­lage including men, women and children, with a total of 27 households in my village.”

He said the project was also successful, be­cause his villagers had learnt a lot from the skilled WAF staff during the project.

Mr Ekanayake said that WAF was com­mitted to undertaking water projects with the aim of providing clean water and sani­tation to all Fijians.

SOURCE: WAF

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