The project focuses on the two main islands of the country, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu which uses groundwater resources for water supply or other beneficial, economical use. These include the various uses of water supply, irrigation for agriculture and the commercial exploitation as in the mineral bottled water industry.
The Ministry under the Mineral Resources Department is responsible for the development, assessment and monitoring of groundwater resources. Several groundwater resources have been established across the region enabling the provision of water to those who do not have a proper supply of drinking water.
There are two types of projects under this project: Groundwater Assessment and Development on Small Island. The purpose of this project is to investigate, assess potential groundwater sources for small islands within the country. These include islands currently using groundwater and those that request groundwater investigation and development. The project purpose is to alleviate water supply problems in small islands through the provision of groundwater as a source of water.
The project contributes to the government outcome of:
- The sustainable use of all natural resources
- Growing the economy while ensuring sustainability (Pillar 5)
- Reducing poverty to a negligible level(Pillar 8)
- Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensure environment sustainability – Target 7c: Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015
Development of such projects has been earmarked to the following islands:
- Yasawa Island (Somosomo Village, Gunu Village, Muaira Village, Malevu Village, Kese Village, Yaqeta School, Waya Island, Nalauwaki.)
- Kadavu Island (Groundwater assessment – part of Kadavu including Ono group of islands, groundwater investigation & drilling at Dravuni Island, Namuana Village).
- Lau Group, (Narocivo Vanuabalavu, Namalata Vanuabalavu, Naikeleyaga Kabara, Levukaidaku Matuku, Udu Totoya
- Lomaiviti (Somosomo Gau).
- Macuata-i-wai (Naduri).
- Nadroga (Solevu Village, Tavua Island.