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HM King Tupou VI marks completion of rehabilitation and extension of Mataki’eua and Tongamai Wellfield

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 3/12/2019

His Majesty King Tupou VI marked this morning the completion of rehabilitation and extension of Mataki’eua and Tongamai Wellfield, the estimated cost of the project is at eight million pa’anga project aims at ensuring a better, safer and effective water supply distributed by Tonga Water Board to the public.

Speaking at the welcoming address, the Prime Minister who’s also the Minister for Public Enterprises Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa says water is important, and with the completion of the rehabilitation and extension of Mateki’ua and Tongamai water supply infrastructure, it assures better water distribution for all.

The water supply upgrading the objectives provided under the Nuku’alofa Urban Development Sector Project have covered these three major areas – one, to improve the reliability of the water supply service for Nuku’alofa residence and to ensure a 24-hour service and reduce unaccounted for water leakages from water supply and the pipe network.”

He says this include 12 new production walls equipped with electric power submersible pumps, upgrading 17 wells using diesel power pumps by converting the electric submersible and centrifugal pumps, design and construction of 2 new reinforced concrete water supply reservoirs with a total capacity of 4,000 cubic meters, upgraded 6 existing old water storage tanks with new pipes, vaults and fittings and carry out leakages minimization, installation of a new chlorination dosing unit for the main water supply pipeline, provision and installation of standby generator units for both Mataki’eua and Tongamai bore field with underground power cables.

With the zoning of Nuku’alofa water distribution network and installation of monitoring at contour points to allow improve understanding and identification of existing and future water services shortages and consumer supply issues.”

Attending this morning’s program was the deputy director General of ADB to the Pacific Mr James Lynch and he announced additional support for Tonga from the ADB.

I am very pleased to report that ADB’s Board of Directors approved a new $18million dollar grant to support the government of Tonga’s efforts to improve urban planning in Nuku’alofa to invest in new climate resilient urban infrastructure and to improve the delivery of services in the capital. The new project will also support improvements to the service delivery and capacity of both the Tonga Water Board and the Waste Authority of Tonga.”

Following the formalities His Majesty also unveiled a plaque to mark today’s milestone.

Attending the program at Mataki’eua were Lord Tu’iha’ateiho, Cabinet Ministers, Diplomatic corps and guests.

 

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