Usamate commissions $125k water project in Ra

Minister for Infrastructure, Jone Usamate with villagers of Nasukamai during the commissioning of the water project. Picture: SUPPLIED

EVERY Fijian deserves to live with the security and happiness that only clean water can provide.

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Jone Usamate said this while commissioning another water project yesterday.

Mr Usamate said Government has again and again made the extension of essential services such as water to our rural community a top priority.

He commissioned the water project in Nasukamai village in Ra Province worth $125,000.

Mr Usamate reiterated the Government’s stance that no one should be left behind especially rural dwellers when it comes to accessing clean and safe drinking water.

“In the last five years, Government through WAF (Water Authority of Fiji) had allocated $4.5 million towards Rural Water Projects in the province of Ra. This has seen the implementation of 68 Rural Water Projects within the province.”

Mr Usamate said to ensure clean and steady flow of water to the people of the community, there is a construction of a new dam, lying of 0.9km of pipeline, and installation of standpipes.

“There were also 15 new household connections taking the total number of households benefiting from this water system to 100. This will benefit a total of 450 people,” he said.

Mr Usamate said the Government, through WAF, has set aside a total budget of $11.3m for the 2019/2020 financial year to implement 32 water schemes in the rural areas around Fiji.

In addition to that, WAF through its Rainwater Harvesting Scheme is distributing water tanks to non-metered areas with a budgetary allocation of $3m in the new financial year.

Since the inception of the scheme, WAF has distributed more than 11,400 water tanks nationwide.


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