REPORT SAYS FIJI RURAL WATER SYSTEMS NEGLECTED

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SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, June 12) – Water problems in rural Fiji have received little attention in the last 30 years of independence, the Ministry of Regional Development’s 2003 report tabled in Parliament recently revealed.

And, it said, it was an area of concern that the Central Division hopes to alleviate in the future through programmes designed to eradicate water problems.

It noted that in the past 30 years of independence, regional schemes focused entirely on tourist destinations in the Western Division and the main administration centre in the capital.

It also said that little had been made to address the plight of rural dwellers that really need assistance for water. And the review of the rural water supply policy is a need that can assist the eradication of water problem.

However, the provision of tanks to localities without any water source is of the highest priority demand that can reduce government's commitment to supplying emergency water.

The division also looks after rural electrification unit and the Fiji Electricity Authority under the rural electrification programme.

The report said it is vital for improving the living standards of the rural people.

On travelling from places, river clearing is as important as rural roads since it provides the basic moving from one point to another by boat.

In the Vunidawa River, clearing includes the removal of large boulders brought about by heavy rain whereas in the district of Nausori it is the clearing of waterways for access to various villages around parts of Rewa and Tailevu South.

June 13, 2006

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