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Water woes gone

Ioane Burese
Saturday, December 15, 2012

SIXTY-one-year-old Premila Henry was all smiles after the installation of a new water supply system brought water straight into her home in Lovu settlement outside Lautoka.

Earlier this year, Ms Henry's plight to have access to proper water facilities was brought to the attention of the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

According to a government statement, Ms Henry had been calling the Prime Minister's Office since June this year and was shocked when the Prime Minister visited her at home in Lovu settlement to personally attend to her concerns.

The head of government was told Mrs Henry was only one of 36 families who have never had any proper water supply system.

That all changed after the Prime Minister instructed engineers to assess the families' request to install proper water supply systems.

"I would like to acknowledge the government in assisting us with supply of water to our own respective houses," she said.

"Most of us here are poor and not well educated, so am thankful to the military officers who assisted us with the paper work."

Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said while the Prime Minister's Office had funded two thirds of the total costs for the project, those families living in the settlement would cover the remaining costs through their water bills.

"We are also looking at other informal settlements in the Western Division to better address the need to have better access to safe drinking water," Cdr Cawaki said.