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Water Treat For Malake

Villagers of Malake Island off Rakiraki, Ra, now have access to pipe-water system, thanks to the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF). About 400 islanders now use water running from the
04 Mar 2015 07:59
Water Treat For Malake
About 400 Malake islanders in Rakiraki now use water running from the WAF station in Rakiraki Town following the completion of a 3.5-kilometre pipeline to the island.

Villagers of Malake Island off Rakiraki, Ra, now have access to pipe-water system, thanks to the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF).

About 400 islanders now use water running from the WAF station at Rakiraki Town following the completion of a 3.5 kilometre underwater pipeline to the island.

The villagers, mostly subsistence fishermen, have been facing water difficulties for decades relying mainly on boreholes that often went dry and rainwater, according to WAF chief executive officer, Opetaia Ravai.

To ensure proper storage on the island, a 20,000-gallon cement tank has been constructed and three standpipes made available as tap water outlets.

Lying of the pipeline began last December, water began flowing into the island last month with the final work expected to be completed by the end of the month, he said.

Work was shared with villagers employed by WAF to help in the project, joined by WAF engineers.

The project cost $248,000.

“An interesting challenge in laying the pipeline was to anchor it to the seabed15 metres below surface with concrete blocks, to keep it well away from shipping traffic that use the Malake channel,” Mr Ravai said.

He said the project was part of a continuing effort by WAF to bring piped water to more rural areas and outer islands.

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