Islanders plead for water tanks

VILLAGERS on Kioa, Yanuca and Yadua islands have requested government assistance for additional water tanks.

They raised their concern during the government’s maritime tour last week led by Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Joeli Cawaki.

Kioa Island Council chairman Lotomau Fiafia said the villagers needed water because the weather was getting dry.

“Shortage of water has always been our main problem and we ask if the Government can help assist us with a new water source,” he said.

Mr Fiafia said Kioa was a tourist location and the continuous water problems would only stop tourists from visiting their islands.

“If there is water problem then tourists won’t come to our island and therefore we need Government to assist us and respond quickly,” he said.

“Without water a lot of things are affected like children will be late to school, women will not be able to cook food on time and the list goes on which is why we seriously seek government’s assistance.”

Laucala District representative Jeke Varanisese of Yanuca island in Cakaudrove said they hardly had water on Yanuca.

“We are happy that before our tanks could get dry, students from the University of the South Pacific who were on board MV Sigavou supplied us with water tanks that were able to fill the 40 water tanks that have been empty for few days,” he said.

“Majority of the water tanks in our village can only be filled if there is rain which we hardly get and therefore we need government’s assistance since we don’t have another water source on our island.”

Yadua Village headman, Meli Rokobuli said they needed the Government to provide them with additional water tanks.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Joeli Cawaki reassured villagers of Yadua that they would provide 2000 litre water tanks to each house.

“We will follow up on all the issues and the Water Authority of Fiji can revisit the islands in December to survey the various water supply for each village and to also assess the water supply system at the schools.”

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