Newly-commissioned Tavuto borehole guarantees reliable water supply

Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Jone Usamate turns on the tap to fill a glass during the commissioning of the Tavuto borehole in Sigatoka. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJIAN GOVT

The recent commissioning of the Tavuto borehole in Sigatoka will benefit nine households with a population of 66 people.

While officiating at the event, Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Jone Usamate said the people of Tavuto settlement would now be able to enjoy a better life as water played a crucial role in their daily lives – from drinking, bathing, washing, and cleaning.

“I am pleased to inform the people of Tavuto that your long wait is over now and I applaud you for your patience and tolerance,” Mr Usamate said.

“This community has experienced critical water shortages annually, especially during the dry season. This $47,000 project brings the assurance of an improved, reliable and sustainable supply of the quality of water,” he said.

Mr Usamate also urged villagers to use other reliable and safe water sources, for example, rainfall harvesting that should not be neglected and should be maintained to supplement groundwater.

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