The SHEFA Provincial Government Council (SPGC) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have successfully restored the water supply at the Eton community.
Project Planner, Jim Tabi said according to a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed last year, the UNDP has approved the Eton Water project proposal and provided an amount of Vt6 Million to support small communities in the fight against Climate Change.
“The fund will address issues of Climate Change, Conservation and Restoration of water supply within area councils of Efate,” he said
The Project Planner said Eton already has a water system in place but the design is very old and requires a full restoration of replacing old pipes to allow easier access to clean water.
“One of our greatest achievement is replanting 500 seedlings from various tree species, provided by the Department of Forestry, around the area to protect the water source,” he said.
“At the moment, water supply has been restored to the communities but there are other plans of extensions which will be completed by February.”
SPGC Secretary General, Morris Kaloran said the team is currently on leave for their holidays but with the great progress so far, there will be other projects supported by UNDP in the near future to address more rural communities.
The SPGC acknowledged the Rural Water Supply Department, Forestry Department and the people of Eton for their support in the success of the Eton Water project.