$153,000 for water cartage

THE Commissioner Northern’s Office will soon exhaust the $153,000 allocation it was given to cater for water cartage in the division.

Speaking during an interview yesterday, acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said so far, they had circulated about two million litres of water to communities in the North.

Mr Bolalevu said government had plans of setting aside money within the next three weeks to cater for water cartage to areas affected by the prolonged dry period.

“Funds have been specifically used for transportation costs and nothing else as water is free,” he said.

“Transportation costs include the hiring of trucks and barges to the outer islands.

“Areas badly affected by this dry weather include the maritime islands of Udu, Druadrua, Cikobia and Nagigi, Nakorovatu, including areas in the Cakaudrove and Bua province.”

Mr Bolalevu has advised members of the community who had been receiving rain to act and do what they could to address water shortage.

“Some of the affected areas have been receiving a bit of rain recently and we are advising these people to store water.

“This water can be used for their day-to-day use.

“Instead of relying entirely on water carting trucks, people can assist lighten the burden by doing what they can to get much needed water.”