JAPAN WATER PROJECTS TO HELP SOLOMONS VILLAGES

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Many communities without water service

By Trixie Carter HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Dec. 7, 2009) – In the Solomon Islands, six villages from Central Province are fortunate to receive assistance from the Japan’s Government under the project for improvement of small-scale water supply in the province.

This follows the signing of a grant contract for the water supply rehabilitation project last Friday between Central Province premier Patrick Vasuni and Japan charge’de Affairs, Akira Iwanade.

The total cost of the project is about SB$587,000.00 [US$71,000].

The project main priorities are to improve development in the rural areas.

Speaking on behalf of Japan Government, Mr. Iwanade said his government is pleased to sign the contract with the Central Provincial government.

He said Japan will assist in construction of the six water supply facilities in the province.

It is important to see people of Solomon Islands struggle to improve the public health, Mr. Iwanade added.

He said with cooperation from people of central province the project will completely successful in near future.

Premier Vasuni acknowledged Japan Government through its embassy in the country for the assistance.

He said the assistance is an opportunity for the province to have its own water supplies so that the people can enjoy fresh clean water.

The premier noted the province has experienced numerous problems in securing funding in recent years to reverse the situation.

"Many communities in the province are still without proper water supplies and sanitation, as my government priority is to have all communities have access to safe clean water".

Vasuni said an awareness program will be initiated before the project is implemented.

He said the construction of the water supply project will involve community participation to construct the rehabilitation project.

Mr. Vasuni further noted that his government will do everything possible to ensure the project is implemented and completed in time.

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