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Untreated water for villages

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

VILLAGES in Tailevu rely on old water sources to survive and perform their daily chores.

Boreholes and small reservoirs with piping systems that take untreated water to village households are the most common water sources.

The untreated water has been identified as a source of disease within the area, the most recent being the case of 16 children of Tai District School being diagnosed with trachoma, an eye disease spread and contracted by dirty water and poor sanitation.

Dravuni Village headman Varinava Bola, 48, has spent all his life in the village and he says the people have been drinking water from a nearby swamp.

The Health Ministry's national adviser on communicable diseases, Dr Mike Kama, said a survey was done in 2012 but they needed to collate data.

A survey regarding the spread of diseases through water, especially trachoma, will be undertaken, he said.

Meanwhile, the Water Authority's Korovou distribution plan includes getting these villages access to clean drinking water although no timeline has been set as to when the villages will receive treated water.








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