Naitasiri

Vanuakula villagers finally receive consistent water supply

With the commissioning of their Rural Water Project, one hundred seventy-one residents of Vanuakula in Naitasiri will no longer have to rely on the existing intermittent water supply. The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), working closely with the Vanuakula Water Committee, have constructed a new dam, in the hills 3.47 kilometres outside the village, a […]

Newsroom

October 22, 2016 5:26 pm

With the commissioning of their Rural Water Project, one hundred seventy-one residents of Vanuakula in Naitasiri will no longer have to rely on the existing intermittent water supply.

The newly constructed 10,000 gallon ferro-cement tank on the hills of  Vanuakula.
The newly constructed 10,000 gallon ferro-cement tank on the hills of Vanuakula.

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), working closely with the Vanuakula Water Committee, have constructed a new dam, in the hills 3.47 kilometres outside the village, a 10,000-gallon Ferro-cement tank and installed 19 standpipes and showers for the villagers who also caters for the 187 students who attend Vanuakula Catholic Primary School.

“From when I was young, I have experienced how the villagers suffered from shortage of water. It is true that we’ve been getting the water from the Parish but for us to get our own dam it was a bit hard for our forefathers and our fathers…” said Vanuakula Chief Ratu Etuate Karikaritu.

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong opens the Vanuakula Rural Water Project as Vanuakula Chief Ratu Etuate Karikaritu looks on.
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong opens the Vanuakula Rural Water Project as Vanuakula Chief Ratu Etuate Karikaritu looks on.

He also thanked the Government of the day for the assistance to the project.

“I thank the government; I thank the Prime Minister for helping us in giving us the grant which is a big help. I also thank the WAF for helping us too. We never knew and never dreamt of that one time we will get a dam of our own, but now we’ve got one.”

Ratu Karikaritu also compared the newly commissioned water project to the old one.

The project was commissioned by Chief Guest Archbishop Peter Loy Chong.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.