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Project to improve water distribution in Nuku’alofa commenced with installation of 13 zones

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 14/03/2019

The Nuku’alofa Urban Development Sector Project was implemented yesterday with the aim to improve water distribution.

Deputy Leader of the project – Seventeen Toumo’ua says, once the project completes the standard of level distribution will be improved significantly.

“It is about 50 percent water loss and what we call the non-revenue water. This is a big amount of water loss but once we do the zoning project, we should be able to identify how much water that we need and how much water we have collected. So that’s part of the reason we doing the zoning as well. The other reason is that so we can direct water to specific areas of Nuku’alofa. For example, if there is a fire in Kolomotu’a or a particular side in Nuku’alofa, we should be able to isolate the water from different problems so that we can directly let the water go to where the problem is.”

He elaborates on the make-up of the project.

“We’re trying to zone the water articulating system into 13 zones. At the moment, there is only two and it’s only divided through the Taufa’ahau road and we only have the East and the West. What we’re trying to do here is to equally divide Nuku’alofa into 13 zones.”

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Australian Aid programme, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), jointly fund the Nuku’alofa Urban Development Sector Project (NUDSP).

The outcome of the project hopes to be effective, efficient, and sustainable urban services.

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