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Grant boosts Aitutaki water storage

Thursday October 05, 2017 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Japanese Ambassador Toshihisa Takata pictured during his presentation. 17100421 Japanese Ambassador Toshihisa Takata pictured during his presentation. 17100421

Aitutaki is the third lucky recipient of a grant from the Japanese Grassroots Human Security project.

 

Repairs and upgrades to Aitutaki Community’s water tanks were handed over to the island on Thursday of last week.

Thanks to the donation of $157,181, Aitutaki has had repairs and refurbishments made to 10 community water tanks in six villages and has had two water-buildings constructed to replace buildings damaged by cyclone Pat in 2010.

The project aims to improve the destroyed potable water storage capacity in the Aitutaki community and improve community resilience during periods of low rainfall, along with mitigating the impact of climate change on the island community.

The water buildings will also provide space for the women’s crafting community in Aitutaki as well as a residing place for tourists in Aitutaki.

The project will improve the response to fires during dry seasons by boosting water storage capacity. The funding agreement for the project was signed between the Aitutaki Island Government (AIG) and the Japanese ambassador in February this year.

After acquiring the project materials, the AIG supported staff from its various units to complete the programme under the management of Tukua Upokomanu.

This project was finished two weeks ago and delivered.

• Arutanga village – 2 x 45,000 litre concrete stave tanks and one water catchment building

• Nikaupara village -  2 x 45,000 litre concrete stave tanks and one water catchment building

•           Ureia Village 2 x 45,000 litre concrete stave tanks

•           Tautu Village - 1 x 45,000 litre concrete stave tanks

•           Vaipae village - 2 x 45,000 litre concrete stave tanks

•           Araura Primary School - 1 x 45,000 litre concrete stave tank

This will provide the island community with around 450,000 litres’ storage capacity for drinking water resources.

The project will also improve the response to fires during dry seasons by improving water storage capacity.

The AIG and the community of Aitutaki sincerely thank the Japanese Embassy and the people of Japan for their assistance.

            - Release/MC