Fiji: Remote schools receiving drinking water from solar pump projects

Students located in remote schools in Fiji have not enjoyed access to clean drinking water in the past. However, the successful implementation of US$30,000 solar water pumping projects by the University of the South Pacific, with support from the Taiwan Government, has now provided students from remotely located schools in Bua, Seaqaqa and Ba, with clean drinking water. At the Kubulau District School in Bua, the water source was situated up in the mountains, six kilometres away from the premises, and was contaminated with mud every time it rained. There were no storage tanks between the source and the school, and when pressures were low there was often no water available. Now the entire school community has access to clean drinking water, with the system consisting of 900W PV panels with a capacity of 10,000 litres per day.