Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama today commissioned the Vio Island water project.
The project involved the laying of water pipes underwater to the island which is located off the coast of Lautoka City. “The Water Authority of Fiji has extended Lautoka’s existing reticulation system to Vio, piping water from the mainland under the seabed and directly to you, right here in your community.” Prime Minister Bainimarama said the project will benefit over 250 Fijians who reside on the island. “Getting clean water to the island has been a hassle, to say the least. Not so long ago, you needed to go to the mainland by boat, fill drums with water from a tap, and cart the heavy containers back to be used for your drinking and washing. It was quite the process – but you had no choice. Because water is not a luxury; it is a basic human need. And it’s something that you go through any length to get. Over the years, you have proven that first-hand,” said Prime Minister Bainimarama.
The head of government said the project cost the Fijian Government over a half-million dollars. “Government spent over a half-million dollars to make this project happen, and it will be one that forever changes the lives for you and your families. Over 250 Fijians will now benefit from a reliable stream of quality, treated water, allowing you to more freely drink healthy amounts, practise proper hygiene, and improve your standard of living.” PM Bainimarama urged the islanders to look after the water system in place. “But, my fellow Fijians, I urge you not to take this new and steady source of water for granted. Be sure you care for the system, and report any pipe leaks that you see to WAF. And don’t leave the taps running, or treat water like it’s now limitless –– for the sake of our environment, we must all be conscious of our consumption. Your children will be the first to have such reliable access to clean water for the entirety of their lives, so I encourage you to use this as an opportunity to build a culture of responsible water use from the very start. By doing so, this investment will be sure to pay off for many generations to come,” said the Prime Minister.