The village recently received bought and installed a filtered and treated UV drinking water station and other water spouting accessories.
The project, which cost $4128 was paid for through the New Zealand High Commission Fund.
The system was connected to the 25,000 litre water tank; already installed by New Zealand-based Aitutakians living in Auckland, as part of their relief fund for Cyclone Pat in 2010.
This will be the fourth community filter and UV-treated drinking water station to be installed around the villages and community halls on Aitutaki.
Project coordinator Fred Charlie says although nearly all the households on the island were gifted with government 6,000 litre water tanks, locals are conscious of the fact that drinking water from these UV water filter and treatment stations are much safer and healthier to drink from.
“You will observe people driving to these water stations with containers to collect their drinking water. The Ureia Village water station should relieve the pressure exerted on the other community water systems,” Charlie says.
The next stage of the project will involve installing a solar power panel to the system to reduce the cost of running the water pumps.
As part of the agreement with the New Zealand High Commission Fund, the station is open to Ureia residents, tourists and anyone on Aitutaki who wishes to use it facility. The station is beside the Ureia community hall and has a sign board beside it.
The people of Ureia Village extend their appreciation and meitaki atupaka rava to the New Zealand High Commission Fund for their kind and generous donation towards the funding of this project to improve the quality of drinking water to its residents, visitors and the general public of Aitutaki.
- Amelia Borofsky