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Tukavesi villagers benefit from new $176k water project

Four hundred villagers of Tukavesi, Natewa in Caka­udrove, Vanua Levu, now have access to piped drinking wa­ter after the completion of their Rural Water Project. The previous system, which was
16 Jan 2018 11:00
Tukavesi villagers benefit from new $176k water project
(From left) Salome Turagaicei, 10, of Nawi Village; Maika Saladromo, 12, of Buca Village; Sereana Yalayala, 47, of Naruwai Village and Viliame Matai, 7, of Loa Village tasting water from a standpipe in Tukavesi village. Photo: WAF

Four hundred villagers of Tukavesi, Natewa in Caka­udrove, Vanua Levu, now have access to piped drinking wa­ter after the completion of their Rural Water Project.

The previous system, which was constructed in 2008, experienced major leakages in the piping net­work and a complete replacement of the reticulation in the village, as well as requested Government sta­tions.

The $176,046 project, which was outsourced by the Water Author­ity of Fiji (WAF) to Taviraki Build­ing and Civil Works Limited, saw the laying of 800 lengths (4.5km) of 50mm and 150 lengths (1km) of 15mm of PVC pipes, and 8 coils of 20mm polythene pipes along trenched paths.

WAF Chief Operating Officer, Mr Samanmal Ekanayake, reiterated that the outsourcing model the Au­thority is implementing empowers the community by paying the water committee for the village support required during the water project.

“This empowers the Water Com­mittee to be responsible for ongo­ing maintenance and repairs, thus ensuring the longevity and sus­tainability of their village water supply system. This also builds the local capacity of contractors to un­dertake water supply construction work. For this project, the village water committee will receive $6,629 as payment for the village assis­tance provided,” said Mr Ekanay­ake.

Mr Ekanayake said the villag­ers now enjoy a consistent supply of water and an improved water system performance, which is reli­able, and a water source, which can withstand dry seasons.

Former Tukavesi Village Head­man, Aisake Leqeua said he was thankful to the Water Authority of Fiji for the project.

“For the last three years, a youth and I had to close and open the valve in order to have water in the village and prevent the school (Kama Dis­trict School) from closing and keep our children in school,” he said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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