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WAF to work out cost

Luke Rawalai
Friday, August 15, 2014

THE Water Authority of Fiji will soon work out cost estimates for the borehole on Druadrua Island in Namuka, Macuata, to supply water for villagers and school on the island.

A statement from the authority yesterday said it was aware of the water situation after a team visited the island earlier this year.

The statement said WAF was aware of the difficulty faced by villagers in accessing water from Kavewa, the designated filling point for water carts to nearby islands.

"WAF's regional manager (North) is working with Commissioner Northern on the provision of necessary logistics like barge and empty tanks to be filled at Kavewa and transported to Drudrua Island," the statement said.

"Looking at the long-term solution, WAF's regional manager North is working with the Commissioner Northern's office to initiate strategies to curb the problem of water supply in the area.

"WAF has just received the borehole report from MRD this week, which will assist in carrying out necessary engineering survey works to derive cost estimates of the scope of work."

This newspaper had earlier highlighted plans by the island's school to close during the third term if water problems persist.

Druadrua District School manager Inia Vetaukula had said the management was considering closing down the school and sending students home if the situation did not change.

Mr Vetaukula said islanders had difficulty in accessing water which had been ongoing since last month.

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