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Villages Face Water Cuts

Rabi Island is encountering water problems after a recent landslide damaged their piping system. The Rabi Council chairman David Christopher said that this problem affected more than half of the
25 Dec 2016 11:00
Villages Face Water Cuts
Water Cuts

Rabi Island is encountering water problems after a recent landslide damaged their piping system.

The Rabi Council chairman David Christopher said that this problem affected more than half of the islanders.

“There are only two villages that have access to water through their taps out of the four villages and we are currently working at restoring the system,” Mr Christopher said.

He said a request had been made to the Commissioner Northern’s office for some materials to have them repair the pipes.

“These villages have different sources but we have been assured but the Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea that we would be assisted,” Mr Christopher said.

He said the villagers have been working collectively on their piping system in an attempt to restore it before their reservoir ran dry.

“Fortunately,  people have been able to store some water from the heavy rain in recent days,” Mr Christopher said.

Mr Vocea, confirmed that a team from the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) had been been deployed to the island.

He said the team was sent to the island after a request from the Rabi Council.

Questions sent to the WAF remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

Mr Christopher said there were at least six to seven landslides around the island from the recent adverse weather condition.

The largest landslide was the one beside Kesukesu and Fatima settlements which led to a road blockage.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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