Wa­ter sup­plies safer, more re­silient in Van­u­atu

Fiji Sun - - Pacific News - RNZI

Port Vila: Hun­dreds of peo­ple on Er­ro­mango in Van­u­atu now have ac­cess to safer and more se­cure wa­ter sup­plies.

This comes af­ter Van­u­atu’s Min­istry of Lands and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, aided by New Zealand, UNICEF and CARE, have re­paired and im­proved wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion in­fra­struc­ture to com­mu­ni­ties across Er­ro­mango. Lands Min­is­ter Ralph Re­gen­vanu said the gov­ern­ment’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with its part­ners in the post Cy­clone Pam re­cov­ery phase was un­der­pinned by the prin­ci­ple of ‘Build­ing Back Bet­ter,’ es­pe­cially in the wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and hy­giene sec­tor.

The project helped com­mu­ni­ties set up wa­ter com­mit­tees and em­pow­ered them to man­age and pro­tect their com­mu­nity’s drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply in the fu­ture. Thirty six com­mit­tee mem­bers, in­clud­ing 18 women, were trained as plumbers, re­ceiv­ing a tool­kit and a plumbers’ hand­book to en­sure com­mu­ni­ties can main­tain their own wa­ter sys­tem.

Photo: RNZI

Sylvie at home in Pongkhil Vil­lage, south west Er­ro­mango.

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