Family laments lack of running water

By Aruna Lolani ,

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LACK OF RUNNING WATER: Feleti Laufiso from Nofoalii.

LACK OF RUNNING WATER: Feleti Laufiso from Nofoalii. (Photo: Aruna Lolani)

Yes you’re right.

This is one more story about another family who are dreaming about a steady supply of running water.

Feleti Laufiso has been struggling for a long time, having no water access.

The 38-year-old is from Nofoalii. He is married and have four kids.

“Everything is going well except our water situation,” Feleti told the Village Voice. 

“We literally have no access to water besides the rain. The government’s water cannot reach our residing area so everyone that stays there, do not have any proper access to water.”

He went on: “Growing up; this has always been the case and I know that my ancestors had faced such difficulties during their time as well. So having no water access is definitely not a new issue in our village.”

“And you know; if there’s no more rain, we walk to the inner village to fetch water because we all know how the weather is; most of the days are sunny days and that’s why we are looking for more water tanks so we can store more than enough but sometimes it’s frustrating because when it rains; it only rains for a little while that it doesn’t even fill up the small water tank that we have.”

“We have received water tanks from the government but they were too small and you know; it’s not easy getting water everyday but we have to because we need it to survive.”

“That’s a need for all the people in our village; water tanks.”

According to Feleti, the village council has already made a plea on this matter to the government. 

“It’s been three weeks since that; so now we just wait and see if something is going to change. We don’t really know where to get water from so this is why we need help; if there is no other way for the government’s water to reach us then best to request for bigger water tanks for all the families within our village so we can store water from the rain and from anywhere else for that matter.”

“Water is the problem here and we deserve to be helped.”

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