Limited natural water catchment, unpredictable rainfall & dry spells mean villages rely on a number of different water sources- seasonal wells, boreholes & rainwater. Water shortages are not uncommon, especially during the 6-month dry season from May-October. During periods of drought, the Fiji government has been required to send water to the islands via barge after wells and water tanks run dry. Similarly, access to sanitation is often limited, particularly in rural regions.
Rainwater collection is a safe & reliable way to source drinking water. Without sufficient collection capacity, long-term water management plans, system upkeep, filtration & a system of water reserves, villages become particularly vulnerable to severe dry spells. Funding Rainwater Harvesting Systems & awareness programs, rainwater can be utilized as a long-term solution to water shortages. Better sanitation & hygiene will be reinforced with workshops, education & investing in infrastructure.
Since 2011, we've dramatically increase the overall water storage capacity in many villages across several districts in Fiji. Currently focused on Moturiki Island in the Lomaiviti Group, we are also active in Tailevu on the main island of Viti Levu. There are still many villages that need new systems & water infrastructure improvements to ensure enough water is available for daily life. This project continues to increase access to safe water sources, improve knowledge & management thereof.
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