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MP fights for Siumu’s water

By Jasmine Netzler-Iose

MP fights for Siumu’s water Associate Minister of Education, Tu’u’u Anasi’i Leota is adamant that an eviction order made by Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, last week, should be followed through.

The order, given in Parliament, was for families living near the Tiavi Falls to vacate the area immediately. The Prime Minister’s response followed concerns raised by Tu’u’u, who is the MP for Siumu.

He told Parliament the families living near the fall risk contaminating the water supply, which his constituents are relying on everyday.  Tu’u’u said the families “are damaging the environment” through deforestation. Yesterday, the Member of Parliament took the Samoa Observer to the area in question.

This writer observed a couple of houses there and a banana patch.  No one was there.
Tu’u’u was unsure whether the land belongs to the government “but I understand government already has a law in place that land near any water catchments are reserves.

“I only see a vehicle there on Saturdays but there is a banana patch in the back and it’s near the water.”
/>As the MP for Siumu, Tu’u’u said he is in Parliament to fight for the interests of his people and water is a major issue.

The Associate Minister also questioned a small single building nearby.
“I’ve written to the Samoa Water Authority and raised the issue countless times but there still has not been anything done about it,” he said.

Asked for a comment, Acting Managing Director of Samoa Water Authority, Tafea Philip Kerslake said the building is “a chlorination unit.” The unit helps to treat the water so it can meet drinking standards, Tafea said.

The Acting CEO agrees with Tu’u’u that families living nearby water catchment areas risk contaminating the water supply.
Tafea said “MNRE is working” to remove the families from the area.

The CEO of MNRE, Tuale’ale’ausumai La’avasa Malua was not immediately available for a comment yesterday.
But during a previous interview, he said people damaging land around the Tiavi waterfall are liable to being penalised.

Meanwhile, MP Tu’u’u said the majority of families in Siumu get water from Tafitoala and Safata.  “There is also a water pool (Vaitumaoti) at Saaga that helps other families but it’s those that live near the area in question that need this water pump to secure them safe drinking water.”

Yesterday’s visit with the Associate Minister followed a story by this newspaper about comments made by one Tae Setefano Mauigoa.
The Samoa Observer confirms that Ms Mauigoa’s family is not affected and her comments published last week therefore are irrelevant to the issue in question.

 

 

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