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Daku Villagers Optimistic As Govt Team Explores Water-Bearing Zone For Clan

“We have been struggling without a source for many years, but if the drilling is successful then this will indeed be a blessing for our village,” she said.
18 Nov 2021 10:30
Daku Villagers Optimistic As Govt Team Explores Water-Bearing Zone For Clan
Mineral Resources Department workers carrying out the drilling process the drilling process at Daku Village in Kia Island.

Establishing a reliable water source at Daku Village on Kia Island remains a priority.

For this development the Mineral Resources Department (MRD) team which began works close to two weeks ago is now at the village conducting the drilling process on a borehole.

Department acting director, Raymond Mohammad, said the drilling was exploratory in nature and the search for a reliable water source would only be successful if the team drills into a water-bearing zone below the surface (aquifer).

 

Upon identifying the water-bearing zone, the team will then conduct subsequent tests to confirm the source.

Mr Mohammad said test results would establish whether the groundwater yield was sufficient to supplement the water needs of villagers.

Daku Village Development Committee leader Joana Finau, said villagers remained hopeful that a water-bearing zone would soon be identified.

 

“We have been struggling without a source for many years, but if the drilling is successful then this will indeed be a blessing for our village,” she said.

“Accessing a reliable water source is not just a requirement, but an essential daily need.”

The villagers currently rely on rainwater, government-carted water supplies, donations made by Non-Government Organisations and fellow residents living abroad.

 

“Sheer determination and confidence to make the project happen were on show by villagers during the arrival of heavy machinery equipments for the project,” she said.

They managed to pull the heavy machinery equipments to the chosen drilling site which was located on the hilly side of the village.

A similar borehole project was previously completed at Yaro Village with depths of 25 metres and a water discharge rate of 0.8 litres per second.

 

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