The Government this morning launched New Water Upgrades in the villages of Nuusuatia and Vaiee, Safata.
Over 160 families in the two villages will have access to fresh and clean water from the $1.2 million project under the Independent Water Scheme.
The project, funded by the European Union and the European Investment Bank, was completed by King Construction Co. Ltd with consultancy and supervision services provided by Kew Consultant.
Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua, delivered the official address and said the Government supports the Independent Water Scheme initiative to bring fresh and healthy tap water to every household.
“The Government prioritises the well being and health of families by bringing fresh and clean water for use and consumption,” said Tolofua, adding that Government also places great importance in supporting “the upgrade and improvements upon existing independent schemes in villages.”
He said the Nuusuatia and Vaiee project included the building of water reservoirs, storage tanks, pipe line upgrades and new pipe lines to a few households, with the intention of expanding it to the rest of the communities in Nuusuatia and Vaiee.
Tolofuaivalelei also acknowledged the assistance of donor partners, local Non Government Organisations, King Construction, Kew Consultant and the support of the villages during the progress of the project.
Minister for Works, Transport and Infrastructure and Member of Parliament from Safata, Manualesagalala Enokati Posala cut the ribbon and turned on the tap for a symbolic first time.
Also present at the occasion were Cabinet Members, villagers and representatives of the construction companies and supporting agencies.