Water situation a worry
11 February, 2016, 12:00 am
THE water problem faced by people in the rural West has been described as one of the worst situations so far by Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau.
He made the comments yesterday as he met representatives from the Water Authority of Fiji as well as provincial administrators and Roko Tui from the Western region to discuss how best they could address the problem.
The meeting was initiated by the commissioner following a two-week tour of the Western Division by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama where they witnessed first-hand the struggles that people went through.
“You won’t really know how bad the situation is until you visit these places and see just how desperate these people are for water,” said Mr Tagicakibau.
“Over the past two weeks, I’ve seen and heard stories of the struggle people go through on a daily basis with very little to no water. Some can’t afford to bath properly or wash their clothes so you can only imagine how life is for those with children and babies.
“This is why I’ve decided to bring together the Water Authority of Fiji, all the provincial administrators and Roko Tui so we can sit down and discuss how best we can support each other.
“We have different roles to play, but we all want the same thing and that is to ensure that those in our rural areas have water, not just for this dry season but for the future as well.
“This meeting is also to ensure that our roles don’t overlap because this will be time and resource consuming.”
Mr Tagicakibau said priority was always given to paying customers. However, plans were in place to provide some relief to rural dwellers, who were not connected to the Water Authority’s main pipeline.
“This is why it’s important that the provincial administrators and Roko Tui are here, so we can hear what the needs are.”