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Leading By Example

Members of the Barotu Women’s Club in Rakiraki, Ra, are leading the way in conserving water in rural areas. Their village is among places affected by the ongoing dry spell.
03 Dec 2015 10:14
Leading By Example
(L-r) Mrs SIgavinaka and Barotu village heaman, Meciusela Tulewa, with members of the Water Committee

Members of the Barotu Women’s Club in Rakiraki, Ra, are leading the way in conserving water in rural areas.
Their village is among places affected by the ongoing dry spell.
They have conserved and managed the use of water in the village after implementing a programme three years ago.
The village has a population of 300.
Club president Ilisapeci Sigavinaka said they took on the Water Committee role for the village three years ago.
“We wanted to change water use habits in their village and promote water conservation,” Ms Sigavinaka said.
“A water scheme project was initiated in 2009 after we collected $5000 as part of our one-tenth contribution. The Government, through the Water Authority of Fiji, stepped in and assisted us with this well-structured water project.
“As part of efforts to conserve our water supply, women in the village meet every month, not only to discuss ways to safe-keep our water source, but also to collect $1 each to finance any works needed.”
Barotu villagers have also installed eight storage tanks within the village as back-up to the system.
WAF chief executive officer Opetaia Ravai said such assistance was all part of its efforts to provide safe and clean drinking water to every Fijian.

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