FIJI VILLAGERS RESIGNED TO RAINWATER

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By Temo Lenati

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Feb. 7) - Residents of Tacirua in Fiji are used to water cuts and have adjusted their lives around abrupt disruptions to supply.

Yesterday, people were filling drums, buckets and containers with water when The Fiji Times visited the area.

Peni Tawake said they were used to the water problems in their area because it had been happening for years.

"When there is a water cut we are not surprised because it has become a normal thing for us," he said. "We just come out with our containers and drums and hopefully a water truck will come by."

He said since water cuts became frequent they had learnt to use water sparingly.

Tawake said he would teach his children to use water wisely and not waste it on things like toys.

"When there is no water we have learned not to fuss about it because we are just tired," he said. "We always call the Public Works Department and sometimes the ministry but what use will that bring.

"Now I have changed the roofing for my home so that when it rains I can get all the rainwater in one drum which we can use for washing," Tawake said.

Rusila Tagimoucia said water shortages were normal and they had learned to live with it. "We don't complain anymore because the PWD truck comes around once we face water difficulties," she said.

Senior water engineer Samuela Tubui said he was unaware of problem but would look into it.

February 8, 2005

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