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Sea Mercy De­liv­ers De­sali­na­tion In­stal­la­tions from Nadi to Vil­lagers in North­ern Divi­sion

- WAISEA NASOKIA NADI Edited by Naisa Koroi waisean@fi­jisun.com.fj Disasters · Ecology · Nadi · Fiji · Suva

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.

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 ?? Photo: Sea Mercy Fiji ?? Sea Mercy Fiji team with vil­lages help­ing re­store drink­ing wa­ter.
Photo: Sea Mercy Fiji Sea Mercy Fiji team with vil­lages help­ing re­store drink­ing wa­ter.
 ?? Photo: Sea Mercy Fiji ?? A proto type so­lar-pow­ered de­sali­na­tion unit.
Photo: Sea Mercy Fiji A proto type so­lar-pow­ered de­sali­na­tion unit.

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