Water restored to Puke residents

About eight years Puke authority could not be able to supply water to its residents from the village’s water system because it was damaged by a cyclone in 2008.

The residents celebrated their new water system on Thursday after the Japanese government offered to fund it through a TP$168,408.00 project which included an installation of a solar power water pump unit, a water tank 5000GL and a 2×3 feet tank stand with a fence.

Japanese ambassador to Tonga Mr. Yukio Numata during the celebration said: “the nature of this aid is unique for it forges a direct cooperation between the Japanese Embassy, local communities, non-government organizations and the local public authorities.”

“The efficient management of our limited water resources is crucial to those efforts, for it is part of our coordinated steps towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals on ensuring access to water and sanitation for all,” he said.

“We are happy to witness the establishment of an environment friendly, safe and sustainable water supply system that will become the basis of the further development of the village.”

The Public Enterprises Minister Hon. Poasi Tei on behalf of the people of Puke thanked the ambassador for the project.

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