Vuadomo villagers to benefit from Rural Water Project
Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Sainiani Boila
Ninety-seven villagers of Vuadomo, outside Savusavu Town in Vanua Levu, will soon benefit from the Rural Water Project that began this week.
The $100,000 project has been outsourced by the Water Authority of Fiji to Ariyan’s Contractors and it will take 12 weeks to complete the construction of a new dam, a new 45,460-liter tank, the laying of new mains, and the installation of air valves, standpipes and showers.
WAF Chief Executive, Opetaia Ravai says the outsourcing model that the authority is now implementing empowers the community by paying the water committee for the village support required to undertake the works.
“This empowers the Water Committee to be responsible for ongoing maintenance and repairs, thus ensuring the longevity and sustainability of their village water supply system. Further, it builds the local capacity of contractors to undertake water supply construction work. For this project, the village water committee will receive $3,125 as payment for the village assistance provided,”
Ravai says a survey by WAF officials determined that the existing scheme, installed in the early 80’s, was deteriorating and needed a full upgrade.
He adds dry spells and Vuadomo’s growing population is also a major cause of insufficient water supply in the area.
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