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$27m for rural water supply

April 5, 2019 4:30 pm
Jone Usamate [in Parliament [Source: Fijian Parliament]

The Infrastructure Ministry has invested $27 million to improve drinking water supply to rural areas.

Minister responsible, Jone Usamate says this is a huge investment as previously the government pumped in $7million in 2016.

Usamate adds in 2016 the Ministry undertook 51 projects and 179 projects in 2017.

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“For the $27million that has been budgeted there nationwide, this money includes building new water supply system, piping water from rivers and creeks, the agrological purification systems, building new reservoirs, pipeline works for individual homes or common standpipes for villagers who have common pipes.”

Usamate says a total of 132 projects costing $18.2m are earmarked to be completed this year.

He adds these will benefit over 24,000 rural dwellers.

The Minister says this is to ensure there is 100 percent supply of safe and clean drinking water to rural communities by 2031.

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