More than 200 homes in Wailevu East, Cakaudrove are expected to now have access to safe drinking water.
This follows a joint partnership between the Ministry of Health and the Rotary Club in Savusavu for a Safe Water Station project.
Speaking at the launch, Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate said that the project is expected to be completed in early October.
“I’m impressed and with full gratitude would like to thank the Rotary Club Savusavu for their initiative,” Mr Usamate said.
Mr Usamate said it was good to know that such groups were taking care of the needs and wants of the people of Savusavu.
“On behalf of the government and those who will use this water project we are thankful for this project as such grants do not come easily. This project will also assist us with health issues related to water.”
Minister Usamate added that government remains committed to providing people with good and safe drinking water.
He said this is a pilot project and the water stations will be delivered to different villages in the Wailevu East coast area whereby the villages will be trained and monitored by the rotary clubs members and the health inspectors including nurses in each area.
Meanwhile Rotary Savusavu project engineer, Jeff Mather said that 36 stations have already been placed in Vunivesi with 27 in Levuka also in the Wailevu East area.
“The project is a standalone self-contained filtration system for homes and the filters last indefinitely with a back washing procedure,” Mr Mather said.
Mr Mather highlighted that each system is operated by a family and is able to store 15 litres of water.
“We understand that one of government’s priority is the provision of clean safe drinking water for all Fijians and we are happy to be able to work together with the Ministry on this project,” Mr Mather added.