Sea Mercy Delivers Desalination Installations from Nadi to Villagers in Northern Division
With five solar-powered desalination units (1000 litres a day) in Nadi, as part of the Disaster Response planning, Sea Mercy vessels were able to deliver and install the first of these units in the villages.
Disaster Response Vessels are currently working from West to East, tasked to assess, provide and repair water services to villages like Yadua, Yaqaga, Galoa, and Tavea.
Sea Mercy Fiji director David Jamieson said with the majority of the water catchment sources (roof/gutter) and water storage tanks destroyed, the need for clean drinking water was vital following a cyclone. According to the National Disaster Management Organisation(NDMO), the temporary arrangement was made for villagers affected to get water from yachts provided by Sea Mercy.
“Six vessels are present in the Islands near Vanua Levu. This includes en route to Nukubati to regroup and obtain local knowledge before proceeding. One vessel remains in Yadua, with an installed Sea Mercy aquifer unit,” Mr Jamieson said.
The work includes building the protective cover for the water storage tanks and solar panels.
“A job well done. Thanks to our vessels and crew for their hard work and incredible hearts and the people of Yadua for their hard work and resilience,” he said.
Meanwhile, NDMO has said that as of Monday, the Water Authority of Fiji has started underwater line inspection and repairs.
The diving teams have arrived from Suva, but the weather has not been favourable. The team is expected to continue once the weather clears.