Women rejoice over water supply

Women and children of Matamaivere village in joyful mood after the commissioning of the Water Authority of Fiji Rain Water Harvesting Project at the village in Namara, Tailevu on Wednesday, May 02, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE prayers of women and children of Matamaivere Village in Namara, Tailevu seeking a safer source of water supply had finally been answered.
The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) completed the installation of a rainwater harvesting system in the village yesterday.

After decades of frustration, the $98,100 project had lifted the burden of villagers relying on wells and nearby rivers for water usage and consumption.

Mere Naitube, 58, who had been living in the village for the past 20 years, said as far as she could remember, there was no constant water supply in the village and they had to resort to wells and rivers to fetch supply for their day-today activities.

“Before, the women in the village used to get water from the well with large pots,” Ms
Naitube said.

“The water tanks provided have put a lot of smiles on the women in the village. So we are going to use water from the tanks for drinking and making tea.”

WAF chief operating officer Samanmal Ekanayake said the project involved the installation of 20 sets of 5200 litre water tanks, roof catchments, gutters, and downpipes.

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