August 18, 2016 11:34 am

Family receives water for the first time

The struggle of making up to nine trips a day, walking to a water filling point about 50 metres from their home to fetch water for drinking, washing, cooking and bathing has ended for a family in upper Veisari, outside Lami. Government, through Water Authority of Fiji’s (WAF) successful installation of a pressure management system […]

The struggle of making up to nine trips a day, walking to a water filling point about 50 metres from their home to fetch water for drinking, washing, cooking and bathing has ended for a family in upper Veisari, outside Lami.

WAF Team Leader NRW Masimino Raga (Far left) with couple Setareki and Marica Tukana at their home yesterday . (Pacific Reach Limited)
(L-R) WAF Team Leader NRW Masimino Raga with couple Setareki and Marica Tukana at their home yesterday. (WAF)

Government, through Water Authority of Fiji’s (WAF) successful installation of a pressure management system in the area, has fixed the intermittent supply issue faced by the family for the past 19 years.

The Tukana family first moved to their leased home in Osonabukete settlement when the man of the house, 73-year-old Setareki Tukana, retired from the Fiji Police Force in 1997.

On Tuesday, they celebrated receiving the flow of piped water in the comfort of their home for the first time.

Mr Tukana said initial efforts for water assistance proved futile.

TUKANA: “Ever since we moved here, I knocked on the right doors for water assistance, but nothing positive eventuated out of it.The then Water Supply Department officials used to come and just conduct some pipe adjustment works but the water pressure always didn’t reach my home.”

“Sometimes, there was water at the filling point but most of the days, there used to be no supply at all. I visited WAF, raising my plight with the authorities there and am just so grateful that they attended to it accordingly.”

A speechless Mr Tukana could only express his heartfelt thanks towards the Government of the day and WAF for assisting his family.

TUKANA: “All we can say is thank you very much for the tremendous assistance.”