7 Feb 2018

Vanuatu village to upgrade its water system

4:30 pm on 7 February 2018

Mele Village on Vanuatu's main island, Epate, is introducing a new water supply system to its over 1,000 households.

Looking over Mele Village outside of Port Vila, the river on the left burst its banks during the cyclone floodng the entire village and destroying all their food gardens.

Flyover of Mele Village on Efate Island in Vanuatu Photo: RNZI / Koroi Hawkins

The village community chariman, Ova Kalsau, said the current system could not meet demand.

The Daily Post newspaper reported that they were planning to install a modern water supply system for the entire village and to make provisions for future population growth.

Mr Kalsau said they would remove the old galvanised pipes and replace them with plastic PVC piping.

The project is expected to cost about $US378,000 dollars and it is hoped this will be met through donations from the Mele community.

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