Villagers of Tawaiabu community in West Makira will no longer carry water for a long distance after a handing over of a water supply project at their village early this week.
The water supply project that was funded by the Japan’s Grassroots and Human Security Projects Scheme was totaled up to $521,511.90 SBD with funded Items such as a 3,000 gallons cement water tank, 18 stand pipes, and a number of PVC pipes.
In a speech to the villagers of Tawaiabu community, a representative from the Japanese Embassy in Solomon Islands said, he was very happy that the water supply will be used by many people and is pleased that the project was completed with no delay.
“I am very happy that today’s ceremony is graced by the presence of many people who will benefit from this project and all of you attending this memorable ceremony.
“Japan contributed about 500,000 Solomon dollars in total to build a water supply system for Tawaiabu community which includes 18 stand pipes and 3000 gallons cement water tank.
“I am pleased that this project has been completed without any delay as we hoped.
“I am proud of you that this project took only 5 month to its completion,” he added.
He also said now that the water supply has been handed over to the villagers, they will not have to fetch water from distant places.
“With this water supply project coming into use, you don’t have to carry heavy water tanks for a long distance every day.
“I am very glad that this project freed particularly women and children from those daily tasks,” he said.
The water supply project comes as a blessing to villagers from the Tawaiabu community thanks to the government and people of Japan.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA