The Geological Services Division of the Ministry continues with one of its core outputs; the provision of safe and sustainable potable groundwater source to vulnerable villages and communities.
One of the Division’s five drilling rigs, the MI3 (latest drill rig) has been mobilized to Yalobi village, located on Waya Island in Yasawa.
The village has 55 houses with a population of 300 people.
The community is considered as one of the hot spot areas in terms of ‘water scarcity’ during the dry periods. The villages are dependent on rain water during dry periods and in some instances had to cart water from Lautoka to meet the high demand.
An urgent request was submitted by Yalobi Primary School and Yalobi village to the Mineral Resources Department for a groundwater source.
The Yalobi drilling project is in its first stages whereby drilling works is in progress.
The borehole drilling, if successful, will provide significant relief to the villagers and would promote better sanitation and hygiene practices.
Moreover, this would enhance the health and security of villagers in contributing to improved socioeconomic development.