New water tanks for Vatulele Island


water-crisisThe water-rationing scheme will now be a thing of the past for two villages on Vatulele Island after the delivery of 77 water tanks to the island last week by the Water Authority of Fiji officials.

Fifty tanks were designated for Ekubu village and 27 for Taunovo Village under the Government’s ‘Rain Water Harvesting Scheme’ initiative that began earlier this year.

The new tanks were a welcome relief for the 400 residents of Ekubu Village and 300 residents of Taunovo Village.

The villagers do not have a reliable source of water but have been able to supplement their water needs through water wells and cement water tanks, which were constructed 47 years ago.

Only three existing concrete water tanks were still in use.

The other tanks that served the village’s water needs were cracked, leaking and no longer of use.

Ekubu Village headman, Ratu Jeke Tabailagi, 38, said they were grateful for the assistance and that their worry and cries have been heard by the Government.

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