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Students face bleak future

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SIXTY THREE students from the islands of Druadrua and Kavewa may stop schooling during the third term as water problems continue to plague the island.

Druadrua District School manager Inia Vetaukula says management is considering closing down the school and sending students home during the third term if water scarcity continues.

He says the island finds difficulty in accessing water and this has gone on since July this year.

"There is only one tap working in the village and as the village water tank has gone dry, people are accessing the tap which is out of water most of the times," Mr Vetaukula says.

"Therefore, we have considered closing down the school in the third term if the problem continues.

"Every year we start facing water problems from the month of October as the dry season sets in but this year it started earlier in July and it is worrying."

Mr Vetaukula said the nearest island of Kavewa with a desalination plant was a ten-minute boat ride away and villagers found it very hard to access water.

"We are requesting government to consider our plea for proper water supply and if we can be carted water in the time being before it finds a proper solution to our plea," he said.

Questions sent to the Water Authority of Fiji regarding the concerns and plea of the islanders last Friday remained unanswered.


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