Fiji Time: 3:24 PM on Saturday 29 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Tapping into life

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, June 29, 2014

IN her 76 years of living on the island of Galoa, Lusiana Caginiveisaqa considered herself lucky to witness what she terms as a monumental change for her people.

Being the eldest villager on the island, Ms Caginiveisaqa only wished that her ancestors and friends were alive to witness the official opening of the new water project on Friday last week.

Ms Caginiveisaqa had tears in her eyes as she listened to the official remarks by Minister for Public Utilities and Works, Timoci Natuva as he commissioned the project.

"My father and their fathers had always cried for water on the island and we as a people had always wondered if it was ever possible to have piped water system from the mainland to our island," she said.

"On behalf of our people I voice our gratitude to the government of the day and the Water Authority of Fiji for finally bringing life to us.

"As a mother of five children I also had my hard times in the past looking for water to do my household chores."

Ms Caginiveisaqa said that at times villagers had no choice but to bath in the sea and withstand the heat silently because there was no water.

"Our children had to turn to green coconuts to quench their thirst during long droughts and we could only stare helplessly because there was not much we could do."

Speaking during the commissioning of the project, Water Authority of Fiji CEO Opetaia Ravai said that the project took twelve months to complete.

"Water is sourced from Drana in the district of Lekutu travelling for 16 kilometres from the source to the sea before the piped water travels another 16 kilometres underwater to get to Galoa," he said.

"We have a reservoir on the island where water collects before it is distributed to the homes on the island.

"The water pipes are held by blocks and lead in the ocean bed."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. In the hot seat
  2. E-ticketing under scrutiny
  3. The way forward for Fiji players
  4. Tuqiri leaves Rabbitohs as champion
  5. Biman stays
  6. 7s team adapts well in Dubai
  7. $60m profit outlook
  8. Glamorous fundraiser
  9. Sewing machines to help women
  10. Heroes give emergency response equipment

Top Stories this Week

  1. Couple return to Fiji after almost a decade Wednesday (26 Nov)
  2. Deal on NZ jobs Monday (24 Nov)
  3. Stop the bickering Tuesday (25 Nov)
  4. No regrets Tuesday (25 Nov)
  5. Indecent jokes warning Wednesday (26 Nov)
  6. President Xi leaves impression on leaders Monday (24 Nov)
  7. Jail terms for former Post Fiji executives Monday (24 Nov)
  8. LTA fires corrupt 4 Thursday (27 Nov)
  9. Man behind the change Wednesday (26 Nov)
  10. Speaker changes her tune Friday (28 Nov)