Nadovu villagers enjoy clean drinking water

Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate ready to cut the ribbon to mark the commissioning of the new water project at Nadovu Village in Naitasiri. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJI GOVERNMENT

TWENTY-six households in Nadovu Village in Naitasiri will now access safe and clean drinking water after the commissioning of their new water project yesterday.

Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate who officiated at the event said every Fijian had the right to clean and safe drinking water as enshrined in the Fijian Constitution.

“Government, through the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), is prioritising access to clean and safe water. It has set aside in this current financial year a total budget of $27m for water schemes in the rural areas in Fiji,” Mr Usamate said.

“This project is no different and the $71,000 spent by the Government to make it possible is money well-spent. The one-unreliable water supply to Nadovu Village will now be a thing of the past.”

Mr Usamate said accessing safe and clean drinking water for Fijians was absolutely fundamental to future development and for the prosperity of our people.

“Accessing clean water is more than a building block of development; it is the rock solid foundation upon which a community can grow and prosper.

“Every Fijian deserves to live with security and happiness that only clean water can provide; water that can be used for drinking, cooking, washing and keeping ourselves clean.”

Elenoa Dani, 89, said this was one of the happiest days for villagers of Nadovu to be finally able to drink water from taps.

“Before, we would get water from the streams and boreholes but we had to boil them and strain them so that we would not get sick. There were challenges but are thankful to government for providing us with this accessibility to a safe and clean water source,” Ms Dani said.

The project includes a newly-constructed dam and a brand new 10,000 gallon Ferro cement tank that holds up to around 45,000 litres of water.

Also part of the project was the installation of 12 new showers and 12 new standpipes with slabs.

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