Located on the northern coast of Nacula Island, Navotua is one of the most isolated villages on Nacula Island and is home to 100 villagers. This community has limited sources of income and limited transport options. In 2012 Navotua Village was severely damaged by the high winds associated with Cyclone Evan. As well as damage to buildings there was widespread damage to village water infrastructure. Navotua was found to have a severe deficit when it came the drinking water required to safely support the village population.
Approximately 100 people of Navotua depended on two 20,000L concrete tanks fed by rainwater for their drinking water. In addition- two houses in the village have their own tanks that only their families’ use. The village has 8 taps that supply water for cooking, washing and bathing. These taps are fed by a 40,000L tank, which in turn, is fed by a nearby spring. There are also four wells, one that can be pumped into a reserve 20,000L tank that can feed the taps in the village if the 40,000L tank is empty. The three other wells are used for washing, bathing and to water crops.
The village had been required to ration drinking water by opening the two existing drinking water tanks every Wednesday and allowing people to fill as many containers as they feel is necessary to last throughout the week. However, one 20,000L tank was damaged, leaving the village with only one 20,000L tank.
This project, supported also by MWH global grant, funded and installed three complete 5,300 Litre Rainwater Harvesting systems and improved the catchment and reliability of an existing 10,000 litre system. The villagers of Navotua were involved with the construction of the systems and trained in the proper upkeep of the catchment. In the months following the project, there have been no reported water shortages in Navotua Village.
- Total New Capacity Added: 15,900 Litres
- Existing Capacity Made Available: 10,000 Litres
We look forward to bringing you similar stories from other villages as we progress!
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