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Water Relief For Nadro Families

Thirteen families sighed with relief after piped water flowed into their homes at Nakavika settlement in Nadroga yesterday. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama commissioned the ground water project yesterday. “This is
01 May 2015 10:13
Water Relief For Nadro Families
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the commissioning of the Nakavika ground water project in Nadroga yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Thirteen families sighed with relief after piped water flowed into their homes at Nakavika settlement in Nadroga yesterday.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama commissioned the ground water project yesterday.

“This is one of the greatest days of my 52 years to witness this historic event. It was only a dream for our forefathers,” said farmer Tabutala Drilinauma.

“The days of drinking and washing in the river are over,” Mr Drilinauma said.

The settlement is at the end of the river which goes through neighbouring villages of Narata and Rararua.

“We get whatever is washed down. This is a big relief because we have been drinking from this river and sharing with our animals. We were prone to typhoid and diarrhoea. Our children were the most vulnerable. Sometimes they could not go to school because they were sick.” said Mr Drilinauma,

He thanked the FijiFirst Government for the inclusive development policies that had extended to Rotuma, Rabi and Kioa.

“Our clothes we wear will obviously wear out, our food will be eaten up, but this water project will be for the generation that will come after us,” he added.

Luke Ratubuli, 62, said it was the first time for him to him to see water run in their home tap.

Tui Rukuruku matanivanua (spokesman) Ilikimi Naiova told the PM: “The people are blessed. We cried in the past for this water project, but we were not assisted until today. We are thankful because of your leadership and government.”

Prime Minister Bainimarama said the project would transform their lives by giving them the reliable access to drinking water.

He said he recognised the struggle they faced as commercial farmers to make ends meet, just like other farmers in similar situations all over Fiji.

He said the Government was working hard to deliver the best services for all Fijians. He said there were challenges regarding the drilling, which was halted a few times.

“I was determined as Prime Minister that these problems were solved   to give you the water you need and deserve.  The launch of the project  will finally solve the problem you have had in gaining proper access to water,” he said.

He stressed to the beneficiaries the need to boil water and store it for  consumption later, especially during drought seasons.

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