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$431K Water Project Benefits Village

The 350 residents of Nawamagi Village will soon have access to treated water supply, delivered to their own homes. It follows the successful laying of a new 100mm mPVC water
02 Jun 2017 10:08
$431K Water Project Benefits Village
Nawamagi Village headman, Apaitia Kunawawa. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji

The 350 residents of Nawamagi Village will soon have access to treated water supply, delivered to their own homes.

It follows the successful laying of a new 100mm mPVC water main underneath the Sigatoka River.

The new pipeline to Nawamagi Village, which is located along Kavanagasau Road outside Sigatoka Town, begins across the river from the village.

It then crosses underneath the Sigatoka River for 120 metres, carrying water directly to the village from the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) Water Treatment Plant at Matovo.

The pipeline is securely anchored by concrete blocks, each weighing approximately 60kg, and placed at five-metre intervals.

The anchoring system should withstand flooding or human interference.

In the past, the villagers relied on six and three-and-a-quarter inch pipes that crossed above the river to community taps on the other side.

Although attached to the WAF reticulation system, these pipes would break during floods and extreme weather events, leaving the villagers without access to piped water.

WAF chief executive officer Opetaia Ravai said: “The newly-laid reticulation system provides the Nawamagi villagers with an improved service that brings clean, treated water right to their own homes, with the convenience of their own meters in their own compounds.”

Mr Ravai said the $431,000 project was expected to be fully complete by Wednesday, and would benefit neighbouring settlements as well as the adjoining Conua District School, which has a roll of around 130 students.

Nawamagi Village Headman, Apaitia Kunawawa, 52, said: “When the Honourable Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, came last year, we held talks with him at village level requesting an upgrade of our water system.

“He gave his stamp of approval during that visit, and we have been very happy as we witnessed the WAF staff conducting the project.”

“We are very grateful to the Water Authority of Fiji for your help and hard work in making this project a reality. Vina valevudjina,” Mr Kunawawa said.

Source: Water Authority of Fiji

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