The two trucks donated by the Government of Japan. TTV/24020870
Two vacuum trucks, donated to To Tatou Vai (TTV) by the Government of Japan, will assist with the management of the water network on Rarotonga.
Exactly a year ago, TTV, the
authority managing, maintaining, and operating the water supply network on
Rarotonga received four pick-up trucks, two jeeps and two trailers through
funding from the Japan International Cooperation Services (JICS), facilitated
by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management.
In a statement, To Tatou Vai chief
executive officer Tereapii Timoti said it was important to acknowledge the
assistance of the Government of Japan for the donation of additional “much
needed” specialist vehicles.
“They (the vacuum trucks) will
collect sludge from the 10 intakes and transport them to a specially built
sludge drying facility, scheduled to be commissioned in June/July this year. In
the interim these trucks will assist with the transfer of sludge to temporary
Specifications were completed
following the confirmation of the pick-up trucks, the finalisation of the
specifications and the manufacture needed more time, Timoti said.
There are two different
manufacturers: The chassis of the actual truck is Isuzu, and the body of the
vacuum pump is Kanematsu.
TTV nominated four staff who are
currently undergoing training to operate the vehicles.
They are undergoing training,
classroom, and practical learning, at the TTV head office in Nikao, conducted
by technicians from Kanematsu.
The training started earlier last
week for the vacuum pump by technicians from Kanematsu. There will also be one
day of Zoom training on the truck itself, mainly general information, to be
conducted by Isuzu.
“The vacuum pump trucks with 6000
litre holding capacity are designed to vacuum out fluid and sludge at our water
“With these additions to our
fleet, we will be in a better position to better manage water supply and
treatment. With our current resources we find ourselves reacting as opposed to
managing a system. These trucks will assist us in our work.”
The water network consists of 10
intakes and many of them can only be accessed through fords and dirt roads, the
“This is particularly challenging
during inclement weather, but all intakes need to be accessed daily. With the
kind assistance of the people of Japan this challenge will be made much easier.”