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Ministers urges public to redouble water conservation efforts

Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar has urged members of the public to redouble water conservation efforts considering that only 58 percent of the rural population have access to treated and reticulated water. This was during the World Water Day celebrations at Subrail Park in Labasa yesterday. Mr Kumar said Government […]

Salote Qalubau

September 2, 2016 10:29 am

Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar has urged members of the public to redouble water conservation efforts considering that only 58 percent of the rural population have access to treated and reticulated water.

This was during the World Water Day celebrations at Subrail Park in Labasa yesterday.

Mr Kumar said Government and donor agencies continued to provide necessary funding for bridging of systems to further extend the service coverage to rural areas and populations.

KUMAR: “The Minister urged all Fijians to play their part in using water resources wisely.I would like to urge you all to redouble your water conservation efforts and think of water as an economic and finite resources and not something that is to be wasted unnecessarily.”

He said that Government, through the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), is working on a long-term plan to ensure all Fijians are able to receive continuous water supply and in addition to this the Government has allocated a total of $308 million in the 2016-2017 national budget to cater for water and sanitation services across Fiji.

KUMAR: “Out of this, a total of $229 million is provided for capital expenditure. Apart from the upgrading of water and wastewater treatment plants for urban areas, this funding also covers the implementation of new rural water supply projects, the distribution of free water tanks to maritime/drought stricken areas and also the installation of Ecological Purification Systems.”

Mr Kumar added that Government also prioritised the implementation of new rural water schemes so people in these areas had access to safe and clean drinking water.

Meanwhile, WAF’s water service coverage is approximately 98 percent nationwide whereby the authority is able to supply water to about 153,000 households within its reticulation system.

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