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Natadradave Village Benefits From $212K Water Project

About 168 villagers of Na­tadradave Village in Da­wasamu, Tailevu, now have access to piped drinking water af­ter the completion of their Rural Water Project. The $212,765 water project in­cluded the
15 Jun 2018 11:00
Natadradave Village Benefits From $212K Water Project
The construction of the 10,000 gallon reservoir. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji

About 168 villagers of Na­tadradave Village in Da­wasamu, Tailevu, now have access to piped drinking water af­ter the completion of their Rural Water Project.

The $212,765 water project in­cluded the construction of a new dam, the installation of a three-inch strainer and a three-inch outlet valve, the laying of a three-inch diameter water main from the dam to the reservoir, the laying of a two-inch diameter main from the reservoir to the village, and the construction of a 10,000 gallon ferro-cement water tank.

Water Authority of Fiji staff members constructed new stand­pipes and showers, as well as up­grading and repairing those al­ready existing in the village.

They also installed washouts and air valves.

The completed water project has improved conditions for the vil­lagers, as over the years, they have been drinking water from a system that has had an intermittent sup­ply of water.

The villagers, at times travelled to Vorovoro Village, approximately one-kilometre away to fetch water.

Chief operating officer, Saman­mal Ekanayake, said that the peo­ple of Natadradave had assisted the WAF crew members in under­taking the 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,” Mr Ekanayake said.

“For this project, the village wa­ter committee received $2952.96 as payment for the village assistance provided.”

Mr Ekanayake said the villagers now enjoyed a consistent supply of water that should withstand dry seasons, and an improved, water system performance.

Mr Ekanayake said WAF would continue to implement works that ensure Fijians have access to safe drinking water and proper sanita­tion.

Source: Water Authority of Fiji

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