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Ba Village Benefit From $218K Water Project

Five hundred villagers of Nasivikoso, Magodro District in the Province of Ba now have access to piped drinking water after the commissioning of their Rural Water Project last Friday The
22 Jun 2017 11:03
Ba Village Benefit From $218K Water Project
From left: WAF Regional Manager for the Western Division Romuluse Mataitoga, the Tui Magodro, Ratu Simione Vutevute, Nasivikoso Village Headman, Epeli Toutu Navatoga, and 12-year-old Iliana Tuqiri (middle). Photo: Water Authority of Fiji

Five hundred villagers of Nasivikoso, Magodro District in the Province of Ba now have access to piped drinking water after the commissioning of their Rural Water Project last Friday

The $218,646 project took seventeen weeks to complete the construction of a new dam, a new 45,460 litre ferro-cement tank, the laying of new mains, and the installation of three air valves, as well as one-hundred and twenty standpipes and showers.

The project was outsourced by the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) to Taviraki Building & Civil Works Limited.

WAF chief executive officer, Mr Opetaia Ravai said the outsourcing model that the Authority was now implementing empowers the community by paying the water committee for the village support required to undertake the works.

“This also builds the local capacity of contractors to undertake water supply construction work. For this project, the village water committee will receive $4550 as payment for the village assistance provided,” said Mr Ravai.

Tui Magodro, Ratu Simione Vutevute, 61, said: “In the past we had no water and during heavy rain, the old water system would get blocked, due to the debris and mud.

Nasivikoso Village headman Epeli Toutu Navatoga said: “We have been having water issues for the past eight years, ever since I was appointed village headman.

“When our old system failed, we had to resort to the river. I am really grateful to the Water Authority of Fiji, and especially to the head of Government, the Honourable Prime Minister, and to the hands that assisted in this project in making it a success.”

Source: Water Authority of Fiji

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