The tanks were funded with a $NZ114,666 grant under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) and will help to resolve water shortage problems on the island, as well as improving water quality.
Visiting Japanese Ambassador Toshihisa Takata congratulated island residents on completion of the project said he hoped the project would not only secure the safe and steady supply of drinking water for all communities in Atiu throughout the year, but also tackle the issue of water shortages in case of dry season forest fires.
He noted that thanks to good project management and use of the budget, one more water tank would be constructed at Enuamanu School.
“This is the eighth project in the Cook Islands since Japan launched the GGP in 2011 and the second in Atiu. The first project on this island was the provision of medical equipment for the outer islands in fiscal year 2012.”
The ambassador expressed his appreciation to Atiu island council and Man Unuia’s strong leadership and dedication, along with the hard work of all those involved in this project’s successful completion.