Eli talks of water struggles

Road issues and water supply still continue to haunt the mainland villagers of Fasito’o-tai.

Village member, Eli Poutou, 56, said government water supply does not reach his place and families around the area. 

Mr. Poutoa was working on his plantation yesterday afternoon when the Village Voice team met him.

“Here at our area, we are not using the government water,” he said.

“The government water pipes only cover the families around the coastal area, but not in our area and that’s the problem.”

“For some reason, families here in our area access water from our village stream.”

“So that’s where our water is from and that’s the water we are using up until now.”

Mr. Poutoa mentioned the only problem they faced is collecting water.

“The water we are using is fresh water; we just have to boil it before using it for health concerns.”

“The only problem we are facing with water is that it does not come straight to our tap, we collect it and we have to have enough area to store it and use it from there.”

Mr. Poutoa also commented on the poor road condition in his village.

“Our road is being damaged due to recent heavy rain and it really needs repairing so we can have good transportation from our area to the coastal area.”

“The other problem here with our road is that it is very narrow because it only has one lane.”

Mr. Poutoa says the cost of goods is fair enough because we are buying imported goods from overseas.

“To me personally, I think the cost of living is still fine, given that we are relying so much on exported goods from overseas.”

“So the businesses have every right to adjust the price the way they want to make up the money they invest bringing the goods to our shores.”

Mr. Poutoa adds life in Samoa is good; however the government needs to address the daily struggles of families.

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