Mika Leawere was incorrect when he said that the free water Initiative and rainwater harvesting system programs were no longer active, Fiji’s Water Authority of Fiji says.
Refuting comments made by the SODELPA MP in parliament yesterday, WAF Chief Operations Officer, Seru Soderberg said applications for the both the programs are still being accepted and processed, assuring Fijians that assistance will be provided to all eligible applicants.
“Under the Free Water Initiative, 92,500 litres are provided free of charge annually for Fijians whose total household income is below $30,000 per year and 33,066 Fijian households are benefitting from the initiative as at 31 October, 2021,” Soderberg said.
“As for the Rainwater Harvesting System program, water tanks are provided to Fijian households who face water shortages in rural areas and intermittent supply areas, provided they have constructed a good base and have a guttering system ready. 11,824 Fijian households are benefitting from the program as at 31 October, 2021.”
Soderberg urged everyone, including Members of Parliament, to check with WAF and verify such information before making such claims.
Members of the public keen to apply for these assistance are advised to call 3346777 or short code 5777 (all mobile networks) or email email@example.com