3 Nov 2011

Tokelau wants help to build water tanks

3:49 pm on 3 November 2011

The government of Tokelau wants donor assistance to help build tanks to collect water from the rooves of homes and public buildings.

This follows a severe drought that led to a state of emergency which was lifted a week ago after assistance from New Zealand, the United States and Samoa.

The Ulu o Tokelau, Foua Toloa, says they have a policy under their housing scheme for home owners to include water tanks, but cost is a problem.

And he says the government intends incorporating large tanks into major infrastructure projects - two schools and a hospital - but will need donor help.

"We have been discussing that with New Zealand. We now have a strategy in place for we to actually discuss this and see how we will cope in case there is another prolonged drought like this, but those are the steps that we have taken in terms of the immediate and medium term."

The Ulu o Tokelau, Foua Toloa, says they have calculated that the tank planned for one of the schools could hold up to half a million litres of water.