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Water tanks for Mauke

Thursday 12 November 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in National, Outer Islands

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Water tanks for Mauke
Japan Ambassador Hiroyasu Kobayashi with First Secretary Minoru Kirihara, during the signing of the project contract. SUPPLIED / 20110413

Eight concrete tanks will be constructed on Mauke to improve the island’s water storage capacity.

The water tank project is through Japan’s grant assistance for grassroots human security plan.

The grant contract for the establishment of the water tanks was signed by Japan’s Ambassador designate to the Cook Islands Hiroyasu Kobayashi last week. Mauke mayor Vaine Aberahama had signed the agreement on October 30.

This will mark Japan’s 28th project assistance to the Cook Islands.

Japan Embassy’s Ryu Austin said the Government of Japan would provide grant assistance of up to $131,700 to construct eight concrete water tanks.

The grant will also include purchase of a mobile water tank for the transfer of water to remote areas as well as for fire emergencies on the island. 

“The project aims to improve the water storage capacity in the Mauke community and assist in enhancing community resilience during periods of low rainfall, and by doing so mitigate the impact of climate change on the Mauke community.”

The Embassy hopes the project will create additional symbols of friendship and cooperation between Japan and the Cook Islands.