Water supply issue

Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Minister Mereseini Vuniwaqa commissions the Vunaqoru Village borehole project in Sigatoka. Picture SUPPLIED

ABOUT 22 per cent of Fiji’s population or 38,217 households do not have access to proper water supply.

This was highlighted by Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Minister Mereseini Vuniwaqa at British American Tobacco’s (BAT) “Project Aqua” borehole opening at Vunaqoru and Korua Village, Sigatoka yesterday.

“An estimated 78 per cent of Fiji’s population, which is equivalent to 135,498 households, have access to proper water supply,” she said.

“However, it is communities like yours that fall in the remaining part of the population, which remains challenged.”

Mrs Vuniwaqa said the struggles of the Vunaqoru and Korua people had finally come to an end thanks to the BAT project which gives them access to a fundamental human right.

“It is being implemented by the drilling and installation of boreholes at each of the recipient communities.

“I am told that the total investment in this project is expected to be $250,000.

“The project was launched together with the pilot project on the 18th of June, 2018, and in just over three months, we are here today to witness the opening of the third and fourth boreholes.

“They are also helping the Fijian Government in achieving its objective to have hundred per cent of Fiji’s urban population access clean and safe water by 2021 and rural and maritime areas by 2030.”

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