Water disruptions for the residents of Dociu settlement in Rakiraki will now be a thing of the past following Government’s assistance to provide formal water supply there.
More than 30 households live in the settlement and have experienced intermittent water supply over the years largely due to its water supply source. However through Government’s assistance, the residents will now benefit from accessing clean drinking water.
Ra provincial administrator Kelepi Kubunameca said Dociu has been deprived of a decent water supply, but today new water pipes have been put in place to replace the old and damaged ones. “Work on the entire project began late last year and has completed and will be commissioned soon,” Mr Kubunameca said.
The project involved laying water pipes and water meters by the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), worth more than $84,000. The pipes cover a distance of 1.8 kilometres, has also seen the installation of two line valves and fire hydrants.
For Sitiveni Drekinalagi, a resident at the settlement, this latest development has been welcomed by the families living at Dociu.
“The settlement had been facing water problems for the past three years because of the deteriorating conditions old piping system and a source that dries up in dry season,” he said.
“However, we are grateful to Government and the Prime Minister for their assistance in ensuring that we now have water running through our taps throughout the year.”
This latest development will also assist those living in the settlement who are cane and cash crop farmers and who depend on a consistent water supply to farm and harvest produce as a form of income.
Dociu settlement, located 6km from Rakiraki Town, has a population of more than 150 who are mostly cane and cash crop farmers.