Let there be water: Tubenasolo villagers welcome upgraded system

Head of the Yavusa (clan) Nakorovau in Tubenasolo Isireli Ruba after the official hand over of water supply system from the Japanese embassy in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Fiji in Nadi on Wednesday. PICTURE SOPHIE RALULU

AFTER many generations of relying solely on the nearby river for drinking water, the people of Tubenasolo in Nawaka, Nadi finally received their own upgraded water supply system after its launch on Wednesday.

The village have never had an existing water supply system and relied solely on the Wailevu River for their daily sustenance.

The embassy of Japan provided support to Habitat for Humanity Fiji under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (CGP) for the upgrading, installation and construction of water supply system to both Naga and Tubenasolo villages.

“We are happy to see this day,” said village headman Iliesa Naqiri.

“All our lives we’ve had to rely on the river.

“Our women will have something less to worry about.

“They had to get water for cooking, washing and for bathing from the river.

“Now we just access it near our homes.”

Habitat for Humanity Fiji helped develop the needed reservoir, and provided two 10,000litre water tanks, pipelines to connect to the village, including nine stand pipes and eight toilets for public spaces which would benefit 116 people from 16 households.

Their neighbouring village Naga, which had an existing water system that was provided 50 years ago, received pipelines, 10 stand pipes for public spaces, and two 10,000litre water tanks.

This water system upgrade is expected to ensure a regular water supply to meet the needs of 120 people from 22 households.

The Japanese embassy signed a grant agreement worth $142,887 with Habitat for Humanity Fiji to carry out both projects.

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