Fam­ily Gets Piped Wa­ter For The First Time

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The strug­gle of mak­ing nine trips a day, walk­ing to a wa­ter fill­ing point about 50 me­tres from their home to fetch wa­ter for drink­ing, wash­ing, cook­ing and bathing has ended for a fam­ily in up­per Veis­ari, out­side Lami. Govern­ment, through Wa­ter Au­thor­ity of Fiji’s (WAF) suc­cess­ful in­stal­la­tion of a pres­sure man­age­ment sys­tem in the area, has fixed the in­ter­mit­tent sup­ply is­sue faced by the fam­ily for the past 19 years.

The Tukana fam­ily first moved to their leased home in Osonabukete Set­tle­ment when the man of the house, 73-year-old Setareki Tukana, re­tired from the Fiji Po­lice Force in 1997. On Au­gust 16, they cel­e­brated re­ceiv­ing the flow of piped wa­ter in the com­fort of their home for the first time. “Ever since we moved here, I knocked on the right doors for wa­ter as­sis­tance, but noth­ing pos­i­tive even­tu­ated out of it,” Mr Tukana said. “The then Wa­ter Sup­ply De­part­ment of­fi­cials used to come and just con­duct some pipe ad­just­ment works but the wa­ter pres­sure al­ways didn’t reach my home. “Some­times, there was wa­ter at the fill­ing point but most of the days, there used to be no sup­ply at all. I vis­ited WAF, rais­ing my plight with the au­thor­i­ties there and am just so grate­ful that they at­tended to it ac­cord­ingly.” Mr Tukana said words could not de­scribe how thank­ful they were to the Govern­ment of the day and WAF for as­sist­ing them “greatly” with their wa­ter sup­ply. “All we can say is thank you very much for the tremen­dous as­sis­tance,” he said.

Photo: Wa­ter Au­thor­ity of Fiji

Wa­ter Au­thor­ity of Fiji team leader Masimino Raga (left), cel­e­brates with Mar­ica Tukana and Setareki Tukana as they re­ceive piped wa­ter for the first time.

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