Malabe villagers access piped drinking water

A TOTAL of 120 villagers of Malabe in Wainibuka, Tailevu, now have access to piped drinking water after the completion of their $100k Rural Water Project.
The project included the upgrading of the existing dam, the installation of a two-inch strainer and a two-inch outlet valve, the replacement of the galvanised two-inch water main with PVC pipes from the dam to the reservoir, and the construction of a 10,000gallon ferro-cement water tank.
The project also saw the extension of the 32-inch water main to new settlers in the village.
Water Authority of Fiji chief operating officer Samanmal Ekanayake said the people of Malabe had assisted the WAF crew members in undertaking the project.
“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.
For this project, the village water committee received $1640 as payment for the village assistance provided,” said Mr Ekanayake in a statement.
The villagers were drinking directly from the dam and there was no storage tank for water, and they often resorted to using the Wainibuka River for bathing and washing.

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