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Reddy Clears Confusion Over Waterways, Water

Minister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy said Fijians should be aware that a disconnection of knowledge existed in people’s awareness of the processes from “waterways” to “water”. “At the moment there
23 Mar 2018 11:00
Reddy Clears Confusion Over Waterways, Water
Minister for Local Government, Housing & Environment, Infrastructure & Transport Parveen Bala and Minister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy cut the cake with FSC Kindargaten students during the opening of the UN World Water Day at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on March 22, 2018. Photo: Peni Komaisavai

Minister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy said Fijians should be aware that a disconnection of knowledge existed in people’s awareness of the processes from “waterways” to “water”.

“At the moment there is a disconnect between waterways and water, disconnect in terms of thinking and discourse between waterways and water,” Mr Reddy said.

He said majority of Fijians were not aware of the processes that existed in getting water from water sources to the pipes and taps to what people generally described it as “water”.

Mr Reddy said his ministry was looking at the opening of the United Nations World Water Day as an event marking the beginning their national discourse of waterways and water.

“Because unfortunately for so long people have taken water for granted and people need to appreciate our waterways,’’ Mr Reddy said.

“And, what needs to be done to preserve our waterways so that future Fijians can also enjoy safe drinking water and other sectors of the economy as we do now.”

He said people often trivialised the importance of water and viewed the use of it as for drinking only for the home sectors.

However, Mr Reddy said most people were failing to realise that water could be used in other sectors of the economy like agriculture, commercial sector and industrial sectors.                    

“There are communities and villages in the rural areas which are using water for transportation, not many people know about this so that is the importance of water in our community,” Mr Reddy said.

“But unfortunately its importance is undervalued and under recognised because of the lack of awareness and education amongst some Fijians.”

Mr Reddy was also present at the United Nations World Water Day opening at Churchill Park, Lautoka, yesterday.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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