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$54k for rural water project

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

ABOUT 30 households within two communities situated in the highlands of Ba will soon receive proper water supply.

Namau and Naitasiri were two of several the settlements sourcing water from a dam that was ordered closed by health authorities after a typhoid outbreak last year.

Ba advisory council chairman Viam Pillay said an NGO had stepped in to help the two communities.

"Thanks goes to Habitat for Humanity Fiji for donating $54,000 for the setting up of a water system at Namau and Naitasiri," he said.

"We have been working closely with the Ministry of Health and the NGO to set up a water system for these two areas."

Piping equipment had already been delivered to the area where work was expected to begin soon.

Meanwhile, other self-help projects had emerged in rural Ba.

Mr Pillay said many settlements had resorted to funding and constructing their own water systems.

"It is something that had been done over the years in order for people to have water running in their individual homes.

"But now, these projects have become old and need to be improved."

Mr Pillay said some settlements had drawn up proposals to be submitted to the government.

"There are three areas that have come forward asking for government assistance.

"Qerelevu, Nakavika and Naba Tolu people are asking for a dam to be installed in their area."

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