Magiagi village to access clean, treated water

Magiagi residents have begun the countdown to accessing treated water through the Samoa Water Authority (S.W.A.) network.

Last year the State-owned water company commissioned three water projects in Magiagi, Vailele and Saleaumua as part of the Government’s drive to give citizens access to a clean and reliable water service.

Last week the village council in Magiagi stopped the use of untreated water as preparations began to move to the S.W.A. infrastructure.

The Village mayor of Magiagi, Luafau Lei’a T. Aima’asu, has said in previous interviews with the Samoa Observer that they welcome the opportunity for families to have access to clean and treated water.

“In this village, we have a history of various types of illnesses attacking our families," he said.

"When it rains, the water gets really dirty and the majority of the financially unstable families struggle to look for clean water especially for their children during rainy seasons.

“But today, we express our sincere thanks to the Government for answering our prayers which we for three years have yearned and requested for.”

It is understood Magiagi residents have been given until next month to get their households connected to Samoa’s main water supply. The total cost of the project at Magiagi is $1.6 million and is funded by the European Union Budget Support. The project includes installation of the pipeline, booster pump, tank construction and the supply of materials.

The project at Saleaumua includes the drilling of the borehole by the Samoa Water Authority and is funded by the World Bank at the cost of $701,052.53). Tank construction will be undertaken by Bluebird Construction and is also funded by the World Bank at the cost of $144,997.75 with materials supplied by Pioneer Australia at the cost of $126,388.23. 

The pipeline installation by King Construction is also funded by the World Bank at the cost of $1.2 million with materials supplied by Tubemakers Fiji at the cost of $491,518.61. The total cost of the project is $2.7 million.

For the project at Vailele, Phase 4 of the Pipeline Installation in the village brings the total cost of the project to $527,524.59. Phase 1 in 2013 saw the building of the treatment plant and the installation of pipelines with Phase 2 in 2015 seeing the installation of pipelines (5.8km) by S.W.A. Urban Operations, and Phase 3 the installation of another 5.4 kilometers of pipelines by King Construction.

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