FIRST WORD

It ad­vices peo­ple to cut down on drink­ing grog or wa­ter­ing gardens es­pe­cially dur­ing this time when wa­ter is scarce.

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THEY (MEM­BERS OF THE PUB­LIC) HAVE TO FOL­LOW THE LIST­ING FOR THOSE RU­RAL AR­EAS SO THAT THEY KNOW WHICH DAYS they can go and cart wa­ter and they have to fol­low that sched­ule.

Wa­ter Au­thor­ity of Fiji is ask­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to use wa­ter wisely.

It has been cart­ing wa­ter to ar­eas with wa­ter short­age.

Wa­ter Au­thor­ity of Fiji team leader Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Lawe­dua Mara said the wa­ter cart­ing was done ac­cord­ing to a sched­ule with a list of the ar­eas that needed as­sis­tance.

“They have to fol­low the list­ing for those ru­ral ar­eas so that they know which days they go to cart wa­ter and they have to fol­low that sched­ule,” she said.

The cart­ing sched­ule in­cludes var­i­ous ru­ral ar­eas along Lau­toka, Nadi, Tavua, Ba and Raki­raki. For each town or city, there is a list of ru­ral ar­eas that the wa­ter trucks visit only once a week in or­der to be able to help other ar­eas.

Buabua res­i­dents

Nazmin Nisha, a res­i­dent at Buabua Set­tle­ment in Lau­toka says it is a strug­gle for her fam­ily to wake up in the morn­ing to fill wa­ter for their daily chores.

“We wake up at 2am to fill our buck­ets and drums ev­ery day be­cause that’s the time the wa­ter comes on and we have to wash so much cloth­ing be­cause there’s 12 chil­dren liv­ing here,” she said. “We have to work to­gether to wash dishes and com­plete the house­work be­fore the wa­ter closes at 4pm.” Ms Nisha said her fam­ily lived in an area far from the main road.

“The wa­ter sup­ply trucks do come to Buabua, but they just ser­vice the houses on the main road of the set­tle­ment and our house is lo­cated on a slope, so maybe that’s why the truck never come here,” she said.

She also said de­spite the fact that two fam­i­lies lived in the same com­pound, they con­tin­ued to share what­ever re­sources they had.

“We have to be smart with how we use the wa­ter, but we sur­vive by col­lect­ing what lit­tle wa­ter comes by fill­ing our drums and buck­ets so that we are all able to use it for cook­ing, wash­ing and clean­ing. We hope the wa­ter trucks will at least try and come to our house to help us,” Ms Nisha said. Di­vi­sional Plan­ning of­fi­cer West Jone Da­cau said ar­range­ments had been made to cart wa­ter to the mar­itime ar­eas in the West­ern Divi­sion

Mr Da­cau said the Si­gavou Govern­ment land­ing barge had re­turned af­ter trans­port­ing the first ship­ment of wa­ter to Vat­ulele. “The first ship­ment went out last week to Vat­ulele with about 272,000 litres of wa­ter and this was de­liv­ered to the district school, health cen­tre and the vil­lages of Ekubu, Taunovo, Lo­mani­waqa and Bouwaqa,” Mr Da­cau said.

He said an­other ship­ment left on Mon­day morn­ing to ser­vice the Ma­manuca and Ya­sawa Group of is­lands.

“The barge has been sent to the Ma­manuca Is­lands, mainly the ar­eas of Malolo, Solevu, Yanuya is­lands Yaro and Solevu on Mon­day with about 455,000 litres of wa­ter. Be­cause of re­quests com­ing in from the Ya­sawa Is­lands, we have also sent 490,000 litres of wa­ter to help the vil­lages, health cen­tres and es­pe­cially schools in these ar­eas be­fore next week.

“We are plead­ing with mem­bers of the pub­lic to use wa­ter wisely so that it lasts and to cut down on drink­ing grog or wa­ter­ing gardens es­pe­cially dur­ing this time when wa­ter is scarce,” he said.

Photo: Salote Qalubau

Tairun Nisha, a fam­ily mem­ber of Nazmin Nisha, opens their fam­ily tap out­side their home in Buabua Set­tle­ment, Lau­toka.

Photo: Salote Qalubau

Nazmin Nisha’s fam­ily house in Buabua Set­tle­ment, Lau­toka.

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