Father aks for water help

By Fetalai Tuilulu’u ,

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We need water supply: Fereti Atai.

We need water supply: Fereti Atai. (Photo: Fetalai Tuilulu’u)

Fereti Atai of Papaseea needs help.

The 32-year-old is a father of three who works as a mechanic to provide for his family. 

But he has one complaint. His family needs water.

“Were been facing this problem since I was little,” he said.

 “As you can see, the scarcity of water in this area is a big problem. The problem has been here for years. “To be honest, I grew up here with this problem of not having access to water and still up to now, the people from this area are still trying to cope.”

He said people are only at peace when it rains. 

“It is very difficult to live without water and you should all understand. The rains help us out a lot.”

Fereti said they have asked the Samoa Water Authority for help.

“But we were told the water pipes can’t reach this side. 

“This is it? So that means we have continue to have no access to water because the water pipes can’t reach here, there must be something else. 

“I mean, they’ve got to have a way because to be honest my family can’t stay without water forever. 

“We need water, and we need it every time!”

Fereti went on to say that getting water on sunny days is hard. He and other families rely on the nearby river for water. 

But that door has also been shut since the government stopped people from taking water from there.

 “Before the river was reserved we used it to fill our buckets but we are now getting it from the other far side of the village. 

 “Having so many things to do to develop family and on top of that we have to fetch water is not right. That’s life for us here something we hope to change soon.” 

This is why Fereti needs help.

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