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Rural settlement faces daily water cuts

Maciu Malo
Saturday, November 17, 2012

ABOUT 400 residents of two rural settlements in Ba are complaining about disruption to water services, saying it was a daily problem.

Those living in the cane belt area of Vaqia and Vunisamaloa said they resorted to a nearby creek for washing and cleaning of cooking utensils.

Kupsami, 60, a labourer, said a water tank was provided by government but it remained empty because water trucks were not servicing the area.

"We are struggling to get water each day and we are requesting the responsible authorities to assist us with this problem," he said.

"At times we have to walk miles to fetch drinking water from some of our friends.

"We have a water tank at my house but it hasn't been used since there is no water to fill the tank.

"In fact we are using a nearby creek for our daily washing, bathing and cleaning."

Kamlesh Sharma, a cane farmer, said inconsistent supply was a nightmare for every household.

Social worker Salochna Sharma said the people in the area were suffering despite numerous complaints to the Water Authority of Fiji.

She said her report number was 1122333.

"The water tank is there but no water has been supplied." WAF spokeswoman Fulori Turaga said she would liaise with the authority's officers in Ba.