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USP installs solar water pumping system for remote Fiji school

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Students of Korotolutolu Primary school at the new solar water system.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) has assisted in the installation of a new solar water pumping system at Korotolutolu Primary School in Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu.

Korotolutolu Primary school students and staff had been facing water problems for a long time and their sole supply has been a spring source, located 5 km away from the school.

However, this source dries up in the summer and clogs up during heavy rain while the school’s borehole has been inoperative due to the damaged pump and fuel expenses.

With the help of a grant from Taiwan/Republic of China Regional Development programme, this solar water pumping system was implemented  by USP’s School of Engineering and Physics (SEP).

Project coordinator and Associate Professor in Physics , Dr Atul Raturi said this is the second installation under the  ROC/USP initiative.

The Korotolutolu solar water pumping system, costing about FJD 16,000 , is capable of producing 13,000 litres of water daily.

Dr Raturi assured that this is enough to cater for the needs of 55 students and three families of teachers who live in the school compound.

He pointed out that this initiative targets the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG) 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 7 - Clean Energy, SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being and SDG 4 - Quality Education.

In addition to this, the project supports USP’s priority areas 3 and 5 - Research and Internationalisation and Regional and Community Engagement, under the Strategic Plan (2013-2018) as our students particiapte in the implementation,  monitoring  and impact analysis of these sustainable energy based community systems. This work was carried out in collaboration with the Rotary Pacific Water  for Life Foundation.

Korotolutolu Headmaster Mr. Suria Sharma, said since the installation of the new system it had greatly eased the school’s water problem.

The system he said, has survived the onslaught of TC Wilson and contiues to provide service to staff and students.

The third and final installtion  under this programme will be at the Kobalau Primary School in Vanua Levu.

Dr. Raturi thanked the Taiwan government for their  support and  commended the initial study  conducted  at the school  by the Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation.

The system became fully operational in January 2016.

This news item was published on 18 Mar 2016 09:54:39 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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