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Hope for relief

Torika Tokalau
Friday, January 17, 2014

THE villagers of Tuvuca, a remote island in Lau, wait in anticipation following an assurance made by Commissioner Eastern Lieutenant Colonel Netani Rika that he'll look into their water problems.

Village headman Josateki Suvi said for decades the island depended on a small creek beside the village and rainwater.

"The initiative by government to look for a cleaner water source by tapping into the island's water table is the best thing that will ever happen to this remote island," Mr Suvi said.

Lt-Col Rika assured the people of Tuvuca that assessments would be carried out to look at ways of addressing their water problems.

"Officers from the Mineral Resources Department will be doing further borehole testing this year to see which is the best site they can acquire fresh water from.

"Once that is done we will build a reservoir to supply water to all the homes in the village."

Lt-Col Rika confirmed that the Water and Sewerage section had conducted tests on the water from the village creek and the result would be known next week.

"You are not forgotten, however remote you are," he said.

"We are here to serve people like you. Government wants to develop rural villages so that they enjoy the comfort of better living standards enjoyed by people in urban areas."

Lt-Col Rika is leading a delegation of government officials to Lau. They also toured Cikobia and visited Vanuabalavu yesterday.

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