The work of the Department of Lands and Mineral Resources in managing the effective development of groundwater resources will now be further boosted, after its Ministry commissioned two of their new Multi-Drill rigs and supporting equipment in Suva yesterday.
Commissioned by the Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources- Ashneel Sudhakar, the $4.2million worth of equipment will help the Department of Minerals reach more rural communities with their services.
“The two new Multi-drill rigs and Supporting Equipment will boost and give effect to the mandated role of the Department of Mineral Resources in providing access to clean drinking water and to meet the target of 85 per cent of rural communities having access by 2021,” Sudhakar says.
“We have seen in 2016, an extension to our work in the reticulation of groundwater from the borehole to the households.
“The project gives effect to Section 36 of the 2013 Constitution, which guarantees all Fijians be provided with clean and safe drinking water.”
Sudhakar says that for the last two financial years, a total of 528 households with a population of 3,107 in the maritime islands, villages, settlements and schools have benefited so far from groundwater sources. With the newly commissioned equipment, the Department would now be able to reach out to more communities in the near future.