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Treatment plant provided by European Union

By Rosalia Setefano APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Dec. 5, 2010) – Fresh water is now flowing in the Safata district in Samoa, thanks to a 3.1 million-tala [US$1.3 million] Treatment Plant.

The Water Treatment Plant was opened yesterday in the village of Tafitoala by the Samoa Water Authority (SWA).

[PIR editor’s note: Tafitoala is a small village located on the central south coast of Upolu island in Samoa.]

The SWA built the Plant so the villages of Fausaga, Fusi, Maninoa, Mulivai and Siumu and Tafitoala could now drink treated water.

Until now they have been drinking water straight from a canal that was built for this purpose.

The Village Committee President, Vaatausili Feata Toleafoa says the new Plant is such a blessing for his people.

He says that they no longer need to suffer.

"We are so thankful of the clean and treated water that we now have for our daily basic needs," Vaatausili says.

Samoa Water Authority Chief Executive Officer Tainau Moefa’auo Titimaea says the construction was funded by the European Union and was completed within 18 months.

Tainau says more than 14 kilometers of new pipelines were laid in this building period to distribute the water to the villages.

"The chlorine chemical will be injected into the water to kill the bacteria before the water is drunk, he says. More than 2,560 people will benefit from this Plant."

He says the quality of the water coming from the Plant complies with World Health Organization’s Drinking Water Quality Standard.

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