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Aqueduct solution

Colin Deoki, Australia
Thursday, November 02, 2017

THE Western districts of Fiji have always faced water woes for as long as I can remember.

The current dry weather will only worsen as the effects of climate change continue to exacerbate damaging weather bringing all kinds of problems to Fiji.

I believe it's time the Government considers the development of a major aqueduct starting from the Southern and Eastern districts of Viti Levu.

Building several catchment dams and storage basins where rain and water is plentiful will provide power for industry and employment and also carry much needed water to the West.

The Romans did it successfully some 2000 years ago, constructing numerous aqueducts throughout the vast Empire.

I believe a major aqueduct will open up central Viti Levu, providing not only water for farms but satellite towns as well which could become the bread basket of the country supplying food to the people of Fiji and to the tourism industry.

This major infrastructure development could open up mega opportunities for employment, agricultural development, halt urban migration and of course make drought a thing of the past.

With adequate water, the opportunities for growth and development are endless.

Yes, it's a bold vision, but it'll be worth the challenge.

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