Bamboo project planned to get water supply

By Aruna Lolani and Fetalai Tuilulu’u ,

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Struggling withOUT water: Sialei Tiso with her son.

Struggling withOUT water: Sialei Tiso with her son. (Photo: Aruna Lolani)

Nobody can imagine life without water.

But the sad truth is, there are already many people in Samoa who are living this way.

Thirty six year old Sialei Tiso from Lotofaga said they are waiting for their water to be set up.

In the meantime, they are fetching water from neighbours and storing it in small bottle and containers.

“I’m not going to lie about the reason why we don’t have water,” she tells the Village Voice team.

“It’s all because we didn’t have enough money to pay for our water bills and that goes for the rest of the families that are in this area. 

“So when the Water Committee of our village came to do their inspections, they cut most of the families’ water because all of us couldn’t afford to pay it.

“But we pleaded about this matter, so that’s why we’re waiting because we’re going to set up a project where we use bamboo for the water to flow through.”

Sialei and her family use bottles to store their water.
Sialei and her family use bottles to store their water.
Sialei and her family use bottles to store their water.
Sialei and her family use bottles to store their water.

Sialei stays together with her mother, her husband and their four children.

“That’s our little family and none of us works.

“This is the life we have; we only have those small jobs here in the village when a chief wants something to be done but those kinds of jobs only happen for maybe a day.

“And we always take it because we need the money sometimes. 

“But that’s not an issue for us; right now it’s not having water of our own.

“We’re have been getting water from our neighbours ever since December when our water was being cut off.

“It would be helpful if we could get a water tank while we wait because knowing situations like these, they always take time.”

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