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Nakasi Women’s Group Declared ‘Water Champions’

The Water Authority of Fiji’s (WAF) ‘Water Champions’ programme reached another milestone when the Nakasi Seventh Day-Adventist Church Women’s Group completed a two-day training. WAF chief executive Opetaia Ravai congratulated
05 May 2017 10:40
Nakasi Women’s Group Declared ‘Water Champions’

The Water Authority of Fiji’s (WAF) ‘Water Champions’ programme reached another milestone when the Nakasi Seventh Day-Adventist Church Women’s Group completed a two-day training.

WAF chief executive Opetaia Ravai congratulated the 14 women for being the first women’s group to participate in the Water Champions programme.

“Worldwide, women have been shown to be the biggest users of water, which is why we encourage more women’s groups from all denominations and faiths to come and learn about the value of water and the role Water Authority plays in delivering safe drinking water.

“We also encourage women to pursue careers with WAF,” he said.

The programme showed the participants how water is delivered – from the source to the tap – while educating them on how to best protect this finite and fragile resource as advocates and Water Champions.

“I hope you go back as true Water Champions to create the awareness in the people in your communities to value water,” Mr Ravai said.

Participant Loame Naituku of Naitasiri said the programme was an exciting experience.

“I am really happy to participate in such a great programme and to see what it actually takes to produce clean drinking water. I will now be more responsible in saving water.

“I will now practice to save water at home during my washing, small practices that we could all do, to help save water,” Mrs Naituku said.

The two-day programme included field visits to the Waimanu Pumping Station, the Cascade, Savura Pumping Station, the Tamavua National Control Centre and Water Treatment Plant, as well as the Kinoya Wastewater treatment plant.

The programme, aimed at school students when it started in 2014, has expanded to include groups like the Nakasi SDA Women’s Group, as well as the business sector.

The Water Champions programme had received a distinction award during the Global Water Summit held in Spain last week.


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