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Suva Seminar Hears Water Purification System Success

Mr Koroiwaca said the water in their village had become unsafe for consumption, especially after flooding.
13 Mar 2019 12:46
Suva Seminar Hears Water Purification System Success
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management & Meteorological Services Jone Usamate (left), JICA Resident Representative Yakari Ono and University of South Pacific’s Professor Derrick Armstrong with drinking water from Nakini Village, Naitasiri-EPS project during the opening of the Ecological Purification System (EPS) Public Seminar at USP in Suva on March 12, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

A village headman of has shared the benefits of the Ecological Purification System for his village at a seminar in Suva.

Eroni Koroiwaca of Nakini Village in Naitasiri was one of the participants at the first Ecological Purification System (EPS) Public Seminar at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, yesterday.

The seminar was officiated by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, and Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Jone Usamate.

Mr Koroiwaca said the water in their village had become unsafe for consumption, especially after flooding.

He said it became so bad that villagers would end up in the hospital after drinking contaminated water.

“We had asked the Government for help and we were blessed last year when the assistance was provided to us villagers,” he said.

“There are 34 families in the village and the schools will benefit because they will be drinking clean water. Three tanks have been installed in the school.”

Eroni Koroiwaca, headman of Nakini Village, Naitasiri, shows clean drinking water from the village during the opening of the Ecological Purification System (EPS) Public Seminar at University of South Pacific on March 12, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Eroni Koroiwaca, headman of Nakini Village, Naitasiri, shows clean drinking water from the village during the opening of the Ecological Purification System (EPS) Public Seminar at University of South Pacific on March 12, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

He added that villagers were part of the team installing the water system.

“There is a need to connect the pipe system to all the homes, because we have seen the benefits,” said Mr Koroiwaca.

Mr Usamate said the EPS is designed to make safe drinking water by the use of the natural ecological purification process without chemicals.

“The purification mechanism is based on the biological activity of algae, microbe and microscopic small animals,” he said.

He said the implementation of the community-based Ecological Purification System (EPS) projects was made possible by Government’s funding assistance through the Department of Water and Sewerage (DWS).

“In 2017-2018, $1.5 million was allocated with 22 EPS projects implemented. Water Authority of Fiji was allocated $ 1.4m for 2018-2019 and they will implement 41 projects,” Mr Usamate said.

“In total, approximately 27,000 Fijians have benefited from these EPS projects receiving clean water.”

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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