And, in celebration of the water station’s first birthday this Friday, the Tapere Avatiu community centre welcomed anyone who has used the facility to come and have a drink of water, to say “cheers”, and enjoy a shared kaikai at 5pm.
Tapere Avatiu Central committee chairman John Henry says: “It’s an open invitation to people who have come here over the past 12 months to come and have a drink of water, and when you come, please bring a gold coin donation to help with upcoming maintenance.”
Henry says over 122,000 litres of water has passed through the taps since February this year, when a gauge was added to the system. And he says, the tank’s filter is cleaned twice a week, overnight, while most people are asleep.
“We’ve seen so many people coming to fill up their water, with up to 30 litre containers. And local companies such as construction businesses who fill up for their workers.”
The station cost $10,000 and was built through the Global Environmental Facility Funding, a component of the United Nations Development programme for small grant projects in the Pacific.
The Tapere Avatiu Central committee is now fundraising for their upcoming 2019 projects, including their 2017 Monster Raffle No.1 (now extended to November 4), celebrating 100 years of their meeting house.