Villagers of Tavuki in Kadavu had a reason to celebrate today after the Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama commissioned their upgraded water system project.

Over the past years, the villagers have been facing intermittent and inadequate water supply, however this has been resolved with the assistance of the Fijian Government through the Water Authority of Fiji.

Prime Minister Bainimarama, while addressing the villagers, said;

“We are here to dedicate this upgrade of the water system that has served this village for many years and as you know, it is my Government’s aim and commitment to close the gap in the standard of living between the urban and rural areas of Fiji, and clean drinking water is fundamental to good health and a high standard of living”.

“I go to some villages that have had very crude and basic systems for delivering water and I have been to others that had to bring in water by boat.

I have been to other villages that have had a system that simply needed to be modernised and upgraded and that’s what we are doing here. “It is simply not enough to put a water system in place and then forget about it until it breaks down and needs to be fixed urgently.

A broken water system is a health disaster waiting to happen. Water must be kept pure and safe, and that requires us to constantly monitor and assess the systems that are in place.”

The Prime Minister added that we need to be sure that the systems are resilient and will continue to function through storms and other natural disasters.

“This new system was tested during Tropical Cyclone Harold, and it emerged with only minor damage. The cyclone did not take your water because it had been secured through better infrastructure.

“We are quickly moving towards our goal of ensuring that all Fijians have reliable, safe drinking water. I am proud to be here to bear witness to the success of the village of Tavuki, and I wish you all the health, happiness and convenience that a reliable source of clean water can provide.”

Whilst still in Tavuki, the Prime Minister also commissioned a training house – a project by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs.

The Prime Minister is on a two-day tour of Kadavu to open new development projects aimed at improving the lives of ordinary Fijians in rural and maritime islands.

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