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Water At Last For Malake

It’s the sign of the times, so to speak. Malake Island, off Rakiraki, is now connected to the mainland when it comes to water supply. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, yesterday
24 Apr 2015 11:59
Water At Last For Malake

It’s the sign of the times, so to speak.

Malake Island, off Rakiraki, is now connected to the mainland when it comes to water supply.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, yesterday opened the island’s water project and thanked the Fiji Sun for highlighting the need, through a resident, Matelita Rauga.

“I read a story in the Fiji Sun back in December in which one of your residents, Matelita Rauga, said it had been her childhood prayer that the island have proper access to water so that the children weren’t totally reliant on drinking water or underground. Well, now Matelita’s prayer and the prayers of all of you have been answered,” he said.

He pointed out that of the 25 workers involved in the five-phase project, 15 were from the island.

Phase One: 300-metre long pipe laid from the trunk water main on Viti Levu to the edge of the mangrove area

Phase Two: An underwater pipe was laid across the open channel, a distance of 1.5 kilometres.

Phase Three: A pipe of 1.8 kilometres was laid on the island itself.

Phase four: A twenty-thousand litre tank was constructed on the island to serve as a reservoir for the supply.

Final phase: Water meters were connected for the 135 households and the taps were finally turned on.

The Malake Islanders would no longer be held hostage to the long, dry spells that sometimes created acute water shortages on the island.

“This project underlines my Government’s commitment to deliver the services you need in more isolated places such as Malake and give you the same benefits enjoyed by other Fijians in more populated parts of the country,” the PM said.

“Whether it is access to free education, better health services, electricity, telecommunications or clean water – as in this instance, my Government’s determination is to deliver and serve.”

He also used to the opportunity to criticise the Opposition for their fear-mongering, saying the iTaukei were disadvantaged.

“Look at the evidence and make up your own minds. Because I don’t want you to accept it when I say you are much better off under my Government than you have been in the past. I want each of you to decide for yourself based on what you see around you,” he said.

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