Water

WAF outsources rural water projects

The Water Authority of Fiji is outsourcing the construction of rural water projects, with Serea, Nauluwai and Vanuakula Villages in Naitasiri the first to benefit from this new approach. Contracts have been signed with Water Authority of Fiji by a Water Committee representative from each village and a representative from the relevant Provincial Council Office. […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 19, 2016 11:13 am

The Water Authority of Fiji is outsourcing the construction of rural water projects, with Serea, Nauluwai and Vanuakula Villages in Naitasiri the first to benefit from this new approach.

Mr Semi Pateresio, Vanuakula Village Water Committee Chairman, signs the contract with WAF. (Pacific Reach)
Mr Semi Pateresio, Vanuakula Village Water Committee Chairman, signs the contract with WAF. (Pacific Reach)

Contracts have been signed with Water Authority of Fiji by a Water Committee representative from each village and a representative from the relevant Provincial Council Office.

This is to ensure that each community will provide accommodation for the company employees installing their water supply.

Water Authority of Fiji Chief Executive Officer Opetaia Ravai said village members would benefit from the project.

RAVAI:”Additionally, and of even greater significance, not only will these contracts see each village supplying labour to assist in the water project construction, which is still mandatory as in previous years, but also, there will be a financial reward for their efforts, with payment being made into their respective village Water Committee bank accounts.”

He said this would ensure the longevity and sustainability of their community water supply systems, by providing the Water Committees with the funds for ongoing maintenance and repairs.

RAVAI:”As this is the first time WAF has outsourced rural water projects, we have selected those in easily accessible villages for ease of monitoring progress.”

The Serea Village project will cost $426,020, the Vanuakula Village project, $178,978, and the Nauluwai Village project, $142,553 , a total WAF investment of $747,550, with another 35 rural projects possibly being outsourced this year.

Meanwhile, the contract signed between the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) Rural and Maritime Water Supply Unit, Taviraki Building and Civil Works heralds a different process by which water projects will be delivered to rural communities.

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