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$100k Allocated For Water Carting In Western Schools

Divisional planning officer west Sitiveni Tavaga said the main target for the Commissioner Western’s office was to supply water to schools in th Sigatoka-Rakiraki corridor by next Monday. About $100,000
13 Jan 2016 10:30
$100k Allocated For Water Carting In Western Schools
Divisonal planning officer West Sitiveni Tavaga. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Divisional planning officer west Sitiveni Tavaga said the main target for the Commissioner Western’s office was to supply water to schools in th Sigatoka-Rakiraki corridor by next Monday.

About $100,000 would be used to cart sufficient water to various schools in the Western Division.

“Right now our main aim is to supply water to the schools by next week Monday especially those in the maritime zones,” he said.

He said water would continue to be cartered to the Yasawa Islands.

“One barge with the capacity of 230,000 litres of water will be leaving tonight (last night) to supply water to Nacula in Yasawa,” Mr Tavaga said.

He said the next barge would be sent to Vatulele which would cover the maritime zones but for the inland schools from Rakiraki to Sigatoka supply of water would be provided only when requested.

“Generally for the whole of the western division we have cartered over 15 million litres of water and spent about $600,000,” he said.

Mr Tavaga said requests were still pouring in specifically from Buabua, Lautoka and Rahmatullah Khan Memorial School in Sigatoka.

“Requests come every day which is why we are sending out our staff to assess those areas to confirm if we really need to supply them with water,” he said.

Mr Tavaga said requests were mostly from members of the public who were reluctant to use their water bore holes because of the possibility of another dry spell being experienced in the western division

“Initially we had put a hold on water supply on December 23 last year when it started to rain and now we are only going to supply water after assessment.”

He said health inspectors would also be inspecting ground water sources however no reports of contaminated water sources have been received.

“Our advice to the general public is basically just to use the water provided wisely and also to boil water before using it,” he said.

Edited by Filipe Naigulevu

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