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Tikoduadua: Project Is Not Feasible

The Water Desalination Plant project that was setup last year at Navaca in South Taveuni has been labelled not feasible by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Pio Tkiduadua. It
18 Apr 2015 10:26
Tikoduadua: Project Is Not Feasible
The desalination plant. Photo: Maraia Vula

The Water Desalination Plant project that was setup last year at Navaca in South Taveuni has been labelled not feasible by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Pio Tkiduadua.

It is understood the Water Authority of Fiji used to cart two trucks of water seven days a week from Waiyevo to residents and business community of Taveuni South.

The plant is powered by three diesel generators which Mr Tikoduadua said was an expensive exercise in the island when they could look for an alternative.

The plant was a temporary measure to cater for the needs of the residents of south Taveuni as the Qarawalu depot bore hole which used to service the area was dry.

The Mineral Resources Department surveyed the area and concluded that due to an earth movement the water table at the bore hole vanished.

An independent study was carried out by a resident, Gary Tarte, after seeking permission from relevant authorities.

Mr Tarte said: “What we have done is we used a rod and lowered it down using a fishing rod and it clearly indicated in these images that there is over a metre of water in this bore hole.

“So I am reckoning may be the sediments has made its way through and is probably ready for bail out or a bit of maintenance, which is normal and common amongst boe holes anyway for that matter.”

The normal depth of the water level at the bore hole was 140metres.

“The bore hole just needs maintenance over the years a lot of water has been removed and time has come for maintenance work on it to remove the sediments to allow the water to come back in.”

It is understood the Mineral Resources personnel carried out their work with officials from the authority for an entire week at the site to try and clear the sediments out section by section but it was dry.

“The reason why I want it to be documented so that the mineral resources personnel can check if they have really done their work or not,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

“The situation I have here is a desalination plant which is unsustainable. I cannot keep it operational for long because it’s just not going to work. We need to look at a permanent alternate very quickly. I mean if you are going to use $20,000 to $30,000 just on a final test than you should do it rather than hanging on it.”

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