It was in 2018 that Infrastructure Cook Islands had said that a new water supply system would improve the sustainability and reliability of the reticulated water supply for Tautu Village in Aitutaki.
It would increase the capacity of the village’s water supply and offer around 63 households improved resilience during times of drought.
A 2013 drought had impacted Aitutaki and it was then that a strategy for water security on Aitutaki was developed.
The Aitutaki Island Government had identified Tautu Village as the highest priority for a new water gallery.
Infrastructure Cook Islands says Tapaitau opened the groundwater infiltration system or “water gallery” to the people of Araura Enua.
The ministry says it was a memorable occasion and well received by the people of Aitutaki and acknowledged all the landowners of Vaitaparoro for gifting their land for this project, to the Island Government for their support.