The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) yesterday (10/07) assisted the villagers of Naisausau in Namara, Tailevu with the upgrade of their rural water supply scheme.
The village has a population of 266 Fijians with a total of 45 households in the vicinity.
The existing rainwater water supply system does not meet the water supply-demand of the village, this has prompted the villagers to upgrade and replace their water supply system.
Two weeks ago the villagers had requested the assistance of the Authority for materials to complete their rural water upgrading project.
The remaining works included the continuation of pipe laying works, installation of new water connections and standpipes as well as the installation of gate valves.
While handing over the requested materials to the villagers, WAF Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Barry Omundson said that the upgrading works carried out by the villagers were extremely impressive.
“I am pleased to see the commitment and perseverance by the villagers of Naisausau in their efforts in upgrading their water supply system to ensure that they have a consistent water supply for their village.”
“I urge all existing rural water committees in villages and settlements in Fiji to learn from the proactive and excellent efforts of the Naisausau Village and make it an effort to plan and maintain their water supply systems for its longevity and sustainability,” explained Mr. Omundson.
Naisausau village Chairman for development projects, Mr. Anare Leweniqila expressed his gratitude towards the Authority.
“We are extremely thankful to WAF in being able to support the work we have commenced ourselves – we are really glad and we are so fortunate,” Mr. Leweniqila expressed.
Meanwhile, WAF urges customers to store at least 2 days worth of water to build resilience in case of emergency disruptions.