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Training Will Improve Quality Of Drinking Water

Major stakeholders have embarked on a two-week training in a bid to im­prove delivery of safe and qual­ity drinking water services for all Fijians. This training focuses on improvements in
06 Nov 2018 10:13
Training Will Improve Quality Of Drinking Water
Ministry of Commerce of China representatives from the Power China Zhongnan Engineering Corporation Ltd, major stakeholders and participants at the workshop training to improve the delivery of safe and quality drinking water for all Fijians. Photo: Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and the Chinese Embassy in Fiji

Major stakeholders have embarked on a two-week training in a bid to im­prove delivery of safe and qual­ity drinking water services for all Fijians. This training focuses on improvements in the analysis of water sources as well as laboratory practices in Fiji.

For the next two weeks, as as­signed by the Ministry of Com­merce of China representatives from ‘Power China Zhongnan Engi­neering Corporation Limited’ will be facilitating this training.

Personnel from Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), Ministry of Infra­structure and Transport (MoIT), Ministry of Health (MOH) as well as the Mineral Resources Depart­ment (MRD) will be part of this training.

Department of Water and Sewer­age Susana Pulini said it was great to see the Government of the Peo­ple’s Republic of China working closely together with the people of Fiji to help improve Water Source Analysis and Lab Practices.

The Fijian Government in its com­mitment to provide clean and safe drinking water has invested a lot in the water and wastewater sec­tor. In this financial year, Govern­ment has provided a total budget of $349.3 million to the Water Author­ity of Fiji. This is an increase of $42.4 million from the previous fi­nancial year.

A total of $102.8 million has been allocated towards operating costs while $246.5 million is targeted to­wards capital expenditure costs.

“We do applaud trainings as such. These types of trainings help us to understand, expand and share knowledge on the many proper practices to be undertaken such as working in laboratories and un­dertaking proper monitoring for efficient and effective delivery of services,” Ms Pulini said.

This training is brought to you un­der the framework of China’s 2018 – China Aid training programme.

This project is aimed to share the developing experience of China in water source analysis and laborato­ry practices with Fiji, as well as to explore industry engineering tech­nologies and to improve manage­ment capacity in water resources between the two countries.

Counsellor of Economic and Com­mercial Counsellor’s Office of the Chinese Embassy in Fiji Ms Li Zhi said Water was a precious resource for human survival.

“The Republic of Fiji is endowed with abundant water resources, which is also a social wealth of great value. Nowadays, in the Chi­nese market, we often see the “Fiji Water”, and the freshness and pu­rity of “Fiji Water” have delivered a good image to Chinese people,” Ms Li said.

“However, due to seasonal impact and spatial constraints, the water resources distribution in Fiji is not balanced yet, as some regions are in shortage of clean water, or even lack of water, imposing negative influence on Fiji’s social economy.

“The Fijian Government is tak­ing action to reverse the situation. For this purpose, the Chinese Gov­ernment decided to hold the “2018 Overseas Seminar on Water Source Analysis and Lab Practices for the Republic of Fiji” in Fiji, which is also the first bilateral seminar fo­cusing on water source analysis and lab practices.

“We hope to take it as an oppor­tunity to further push forward the China-Fiji exchanges and coop­eration on water resources protec­tion.”

Source: Ministry of Infrastruc­ture and Transport and the Chinese Embassy in Fiji

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