Church Funding Brings Clean Water to Families in French Polynesia

More than 300 people living in a small community on the island of Tahiti now have a newly renovated water system, thanks to funding and support from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The original water system was 50 years old. It included a water catchment at the bottom of an isolated valley – some of the pipes connecting it to the city were suspended through trees and some were buried, explained Eric and Annette Graff, who worked with the city of Taiarapu – West on the joint project. .

“During storms, pipes were often damaged, resulting in water loss or contamination of the city’s only water supply,” Annette Graff said in a Church Pacific Newsroom report. .

Mayor of Taiarapu-Ouest and Arue Tahiti Stake President Manea L. Tuahu use two stones for a traditional leaf ribbon cutting to mark the completion of a water project for the Arue Tahiti community. island of Tahiti, French Polynesia, April 2022.

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As part of the project, workers widened the road to allow the passage of heavy equipment. This then enabled two kilometers of new pipes to be installed and the catchment to be converted into a more sophisticated drainage gallery – placing pipes deep into the gravel-covered river bed.

The water is treated in tanks and then sent to homes, where families have drinking water at their taps.

Manea L. Tuahu is leader of Church self-reliance services in French Polynesia and president of the Arue Tahiti Stake.

“We have carried out several water supply projects in other municipalities, and we are delighted that so many families here have drinking water,” he said.

“The Church’s contribution is a way of saying thank you to the city. We are grateful to participate in these kinds of projects to bless the lives of families. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve our people.

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People arrive at the new access road which has been widened to renovate a water supply system for Taiarapu-Ouest, Tahiti, French Polynesia, in April 2022.

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Jerry B. Hatch