Villagers look forward to better water supply

Semi Rokodinono shows the impact of climate change at Vio Village in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Semi Rokodinono shows the impact of climate change at Vio Village in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

WATER problems faced by people on Vio Island just of the Lautoka coast could be a thing of the past with plans by Government to connect residents to the Water Authority of Fiji system.

Former village headman Semi Mana said villagers coped by storing water in tanks or on water from the mainland.

“Some of us have to take drums to Lautoka wharf, fill them up and then bring them back to the island.

“Getting the tanks across costs about 50 cents each.”

He said the costly process had been a cause of frustration for the villagers.

Mr Mana said a number of non-government organisations had connected the island to piped water from Lautoka in the past but adverse weather had resulted in the projects being abandoned.

“So now we are back to carting water from the mainland.

“The tanks can only be filled up when there is rainy weather.”

He said WAF also carted water to the island.

“They have been helping us but we need something more permanent.

“Our request for water meters was approved and we were informed recently that a new project to install water meters in our homes will be done soon.”

He said villagers were looking forward to the start of the project.