Nawaqadamu villagers joined to national water supply system

Buruwa Primary School year 5 student Mataiasi Nalawa freshens himself after the commencement of the water project at Nawadamu, Nawaicoba in Nadi. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

VILLAGERS of Nawaqadamu in Rukuruku, Nadi, will no longer have to depend on rivers and streams for daily water supply.

Village headman Kuriyasi Vesikuru said villagers including schoolchildren had to cart water from nearby rivers especially during the dry seasons.

“We have water tanks and a dam but that was not enough to supply water to every home,” Mr Vesikuru said.

“So when it came to the dry seasons, we would go to the river to bath, wash our clothes and get water for cooking.”

On Friday, the villagers were officially handed their new water supply system from the Water Authority of Fiji and Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate.

Mr Usamate said putting in place a solid foundation of essential service such as water supply would ensure rural communities were able to improve their quality of life and livelihoods.

“The $201,000 spent by Government to make it possible is money well spent,” he said.

“The once unreliable water supply to Nawaqadamu village and the two schools will now be a thing of the past.

“I believe that access to clean water for our people is absolutely fundamental to our future development and for the prosperity of our people.”

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