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Ra Families’ Water Hardship Days Over

Twenty families at the Nakinawai settlement in Ra have now been connected to the main source of water in the area, ending years of hardship. Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau was
17 Jul 2015 10:14
Ra Families’ Water Hardship Days Over

Twenty families at the Nakinawai settlement in Ra have now been connected to the main source of water in the area, ending years of hardship.
Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau was on hand this week to commission the project.
Mr Tagicakibau thanked the landowners and the Yavusa Namacuku for their generosity in allowing the Government to pipe water from the main source at the Nakauvadra mountain ridge point that is known as Uluda.
The settlement is a cane farming area and is located some three kilometres off the Kings Highway.
The water problems were worse during the dry season, until the Government stepped in through its Rural and Maritime Development self-help programme.
The water project used natural water purification to supply seven households in its initial phase this year.
“Government prioritises water as a basic need and wants all Fijians to have access to safe drinking water especially for those living outside the perimeters of the urban centres,” Mr Tagicakibau said during the commissioning.
The works were carried out by SEJMAL Investment, a local contractor that specialises in water filtration and purification processes.
The director of SEJMAL,Josaia Baba is a former Water Authority employee with 25 years of experience in the Ministry of Works and 10 years with Water Authority of Fiji.
The purified water was tested by the Ra health department that found the purified water clean and safe for consumption.
According to Mr Baba, the water test standards were equal to the normal WAF reticulated water supply, and they would be monitoring the water system for the next six months.

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