BY SAMIE WAIKORI
COMMUNITIES in East Malaita are to benefit from a project aimed at improving access to clean water for their villages.
The “Clean Water for Life” initiative is supported by the Member of Provincial Assembly for Ward 16, Preston Billy as a mean to address water challenges faced by communities and other public institutions like schools and clinics in his ward.
In an interview with Sun Auki, Mr Billy said under the project a total of 22 boreholes will be received by communities in ward 16 as work on the project nears completion.
“Since the implementation of the project two weeks ago; 14 boreholes was already installed and the remaining five boreholes are expected to be set-up by the end of next week.
“The focus of the project is on communities without access to water supply as it tries to ease the burden they face.
“In some communities where the project was implemented, people had to walk long distance to access clean water and the project will be a relief to them,” he said.
Billy said communities that had already installed boreholes were happy for the support as it will address the challenge of access to clean water supply faced.
He said this is the beginning of the project as more of his communities had expressed interest for the program and he’s considering it.
Billy said the implementation of the project was carried out as part of community service by community recipients of the project.
He said the project costs more than 160k and support received towards it are through ward grant and a few small businesses he was engaged with.
Billy said an official handing over of the project will be made to community recipients, after implementation of the project is complete.