More than 97 households in Nadhari Settlement, Ba will soon have access to clean and safe drinking water with the assistance from Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources Ground Water Development Project.

The Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, the Honourable Ashneel Sudhakar said that Phase 1 and 2 works have been completed.
Phase 1 which is hydro-geological assessment (groundwater investigation) was undertaken through the Micro Project Program (MPP) which was a joint effort of the South Pacific Community (SPC), Mineral Resource Department (MRD) and; funded by the European Union and Spearheaded by the Honourable PM’s office as the Minister for Sugar.
Phase 2, whereby a borehole was drilled to a depth of 50 meters which will benefit 97 households. These are mainly for sugar cane farmers within the area.
He confirmed that the newly purchased TONE 300 Drill Rig from Japan which is the latest version was deployed for the first time to this area to help in the groundwater exploration drilling.

The Hon. Ministers says Phase 2, the reticulation works, will begin soon whereby 402 villagers would benefit from the ground water resource.
Nadhari Settlement is a cane belt area that had been selected based on the severity of water problems faced by the farmers.
Additionally, people of Navia settlement in Ba, and Volivoli (1 and 2) settlement, and Rarapatu settlement in Rakiraki, will also benefit from a Groundwater Development Project that will commenced soon in the area by Mineral resource Department.

“Those villages facing problems with access to clean and safe drinking water could lodge their request for boreholes at their respective district office”, the Hon. Minister added.


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