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Clean Water For Residents After 40 Years

With the assistance from the Partners in Community Development Fiji (PCDF), families in Narikoso, Ra, now have access to one of life’s basic necessities.   For the past 40 years,
28 Apr 2018 10:00
Clean Water For Residents After 40 Years
Villagers of Narau and Nadonumai settlements in Narikoso, Ra, help out engineers of Partners in Community Development Fiji on April 26, 2018. Photo: PCDF

With the assistance from the Partners in Community Development Fiji (PCDF), families in Narikoso, Ra, now have access to one of life’s basic necessities.

 

For the past 40 years, close to 42 families in Narikoso Village, Ra, did not have access to clean and safe drinking water.

However, with the assistance from the Partners in Community Development Fiji (PCDF) they now have access to one of life’s basic necessities.

The work was carried out by the engineers from a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) where a water catchment was constructed just 9.8 kilometres from the area laying pipes from the catchment to the storage tanks where water was then dispersed to each household.

The area comprises two settlements, Narau and Nadonumai.

PCDF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) engineer, Vilive Tavabulabula said the two settlements could now access clean and safe drinking water and they would no longer use the creek.

“When they first settled here, these families had been accessing the creek water for their daily lives like cooking, drinking, washing and bathing.

“The water was contaminated by animal husbandry activities occurring upstream which resulted in an outbreak in typhoid cases in the area around 2010-2013 deeming it a red zone,” he added.

With this initiative, Mr Tavabulabula added that WASH standards would improve in this area to reduce the chances of a typhoid outbreak.

The initiative is supported by the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project which aimed to support communities that require additional assistance for water system construction works and complete water system upgrades.

Thirty-eight-year-old, Semi Baravilala said the area before had been labelled as a typhoid zone.

“We have been using water from the creek which was usually contaminated because it has been polluted upstream; it was an emotional moment for many of us to see tap water running in our respective households.

“For the past 40 years we have been using the creek beside our settlement to access water and we want to thank PCDF for their great help,” he added. The project will be officially opened on May 4.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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