Water

130 households have access to clean water through rural water project

The new Malolo Island rural water project is expected to assist 130 households who have long been subjected to an expensive and unreliable system of water carting. The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama stressed this while commissioning the Malolo Island rural water project yesterday. BAINIMARAMA: “The construction of this water project has cost $198,300 and it […]

Salote Qalubau

July 21, 2016 8:41 am

The new Malolo Island rural water project is expected to assist 130 households who have long been subjected to an expensive and unreliable system of water carting.

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (Right) speaks with members of the Malolo Island community after the commissioning of the rural water project today. (DEPTFO)
The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama speaks with members of the Malolo Island community after the commissioning of the rural water project. (DEPTFO)

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama stressed this while commissioning the Malolo Island rural water project yesterday.

BAINIMARAMA: “The construction of this water project has cost $198,300 and it is an investment we are happy to make, because from clean water flow many benefits that keep us more productive and more resilient to environmental hardships.”

“It is my Government’s job to deliver development, infrastructure and services so that you can enjoy the same quality of life as any Fijian living on Viti Levu. And  as evidenced by this new water project  that is a responsibility we welcome and intend to meet.”

PM Bainimarama also highlighted the significance access to clean water held for the average person.

BAINIMARAMA: “Without access to clean water, we can’t stay 5 healthy and hydrated throughout the day. We can’t keep ourselves clean and maintain sanitary homes and schools. And we waste valuable time searching for water sources, or in the case of Solevu, waiting for water to arrive from the mainland. But today, that has all come to end.”

“It is a privilege to be among you all, especially on day like today when my Government can officially open a water project that will service Solevu for many years to come.”

He said the Fijian Government would continue to collaborate with the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) to address issues of importance.

BAINIMARAMA: “In the upcoming fiscal year, WAF has been allocated just over $300 million. And that allocation sets Fiji up for a secure water future, with the vast majority dedicated to capital projects including the construction of new water sources and treatment plants, and the expansion of water distribution systems all over Fiji.

“It is an ambitious strategy covering rural, urban and peri-urban areas alike, but it is one that my Government is dedicated to pursuing because of the significant role reliable water access plays in economic development.”

The Prime Minister added that there were adaptation measures that Fiji needed to adopt domestically.

BAINIMARAMA: “This rural water project will help your village adapt to our changing climate by bringing a reliable and safe source of water directly to your village.”

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