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Cirisobu Celebrates New Water Supply

Settlement’s water woes finally over after the FIJI Water Foundation, in partnership with Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation, provided clean drinking water. The settlement of Cirisobu in Ba yesterday
04 Nov 2016 11:00
Cirisobu Celebrates New Water Supply
People of Cirisobu settlement after the opening of their new water source yesterday. Photo: Charles Chambers

Settlement’s water woes finally over after the FIJI Water Foundation, in partnership with Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation, provided clean drinking water.

The settlement of Cirisobu in Ba yesterday celebrated the opening of their new water source.

This was made possible throught the partnership of the Fiji Water Foundation and Rotary Pacific Water of Life Foundation.

Two 5000-litre water tanks were commissioned, which were filled from a new water source located on the mountains to cater for the 240-member community.

“This is a blessing to us because the water is just flowing out from the rocks,” village elder Kitione Botitu said.

“No more of the old days as FIJI Water and Rotary has made it possible for us to enjoy life a lot better.”

In a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday, chief guest, FIJI Water’s chief executive officer, Rokoseru Nabalarua and executive officer of Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation, Terence Elaisa, officially marked the opening of two Water for Life projects.

FIJI Water’s Vision to provide rural communities to have better access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and their mission to provide rural water infrastructure solutions and foster community ownership strung together with their goal to achieve better access to rural water and sanitation wellbeing was best seen at Cirisobu Settlement and Rara Village.

The project took three months to complete and it included building the sustainable rural water infrastructure.

FIJI Water Foundation has contributed $50,000 to Water for Life projects since July 2015.

With this funding, RPW is assisting three remote communities and a district school in the hinterlands of Ba Province with access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Cartage was done by themselves and also using horses and bullocks to cart the drums on sledges.

“Here too the older people had to walk to bathe, and it was hard at times,” Mr Botitu said.

“Worst still, during functions, they used to pay for the hiring of a truck and a 10,000 litre water tank to fill water at the Public Works Department at Namosau in Ba and cart it all the way up again.

“At night during functions when the water ran out, the youths use to take containers and fill it from the two sources near the village,” he said.

The new spring gravity water system in Cirisobu Settlement now safely transports water from a protected catchment area through underground pipes to the community’s storage tanks.

In addition, two bio-sand filtration systems provide safe drinking water and with the new water supply, the existing flush toilets have become operational.

In Rara Village, 16 families now enjoy filtered water from two drinking stations. A 5000-litre storage tank and two sets of bio-sand filtration systems, built to cater for the drinking needs of 60 inhabitants.

Since its inception in 2007, RPW has supported 265 communities and schools in Fiji, transforming more than 70,000 lives with access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

RPW works alongside key Government agencies such as the Water and Sewerage Department, Department of Rural and Maritime Development and the Ministry of Health to mobilise community efforts in building sustainable water and sanitation infrastructure in rural communities.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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