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Clean drinking water for cyclone victims

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, December 21, 2012

WITH a focus on ensuring that cyclone victims have access to clean and safe drinking water, Natural Waters of Viti Limited gave four container-loads of FIJI Water yesterday.

At a brief ceremony held at Government Supplies in Lautoka, FIJI Water chief executive officer Rokoseru Nabalarua presented the bottled water to the head of the Western Division disaster relief taskforce, Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki.

"This timely donation will help distressed members of our community, particularly children, to have access to safe drinking water.

"This is always a major concern following any natural disaster," Cdr Cawaki said.

Mr Nabalarua said the assistance would remove the cyclone victims' worry about sourcing clean water for consumption purposes.

"It is important that people who have already been adversely affected by the cyclone do not have to face any additional problems because their water supply has been disrupted or possibly contaminated in any way," he said.

The water will also provide relief to hundreds of people in the worst affected areas who have been advised by DISMAC that water cuts would continue until power was restored because electric pumps were used to pump water through the piped system.