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Settlers raise concerns over source of drinking water

Maciu Malo
Monday, November 25, 2013

HEALTH concerns have been raised by 11 families residing in Savusavu settlement near Lomawai Village in Nadroga.

Over the past four decades, settlers have been using a creek for drinking, bathing and washing of clothes.

Jovesa Korovulavula, 57, said the news of waterborne diseases causing leptospirosis and hepatitis A diseases had created fear among residents regarding the safety of their water source.

He said the settlers did not have any other source of drinking water except the well and rainfall.

"Even animals such as horses and cows are using the same creek to drink," said Mr Korovulavula.

"The creek is not fenced, enabling the animals to also cross the creek anyhow.

"We are worried about our safety especially the number of water-borne diseases being reported from rural areas around the country."

Mr Korovulavula said the rain over the past few days had enabled the settlers to store drinking water.

He said they had also collected $3000 in an effort to fund their own treated water source.

"We have been organising drives in an effort to have a better, safe and clean water source. We are also calling on organisations to assist us in accessing a cleaner water supply.

"Talks have been held with some organisations to assist us but nothing has been confirmed as yet," he explained.


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