BAT Samoa Supports Community Water Project in Apolima Tai


British American Tobacco Samoa (BAT Samoa) have stepped in to assist Apolima Tai to upgrade its water spring by providing materials to the value of $25,000 tala.

BAT this week announced its support and contribution to the Aiga i le Tai constituency’s Community Water Project on the island of Apolima Tai.

“This project is in line with BAT Samoa’s overall Environment Social & Governance initiatives (ESG) to Build a Better Tomorrow™ by delivering excellence in environmental management;

“Through this assistance, BAT Samoa is proud to assist the Government of Samoa in meeting its Sustainable Development Goals”.

The upgrading of the Apolima Tai water spring began through collaboration between BAT Samoa and the Samoa Water Authority. This included Samoa Water Authority CEO, Fuimaono Dominic Schwalger and Taiulu Savelio Imo providing technical assistance and laboratory services to test the water quality of the spring.

The General Manager of BAT Samoa, Seulupe Michelle Macdonald acknowledged the village Pastor and people of Apolima island for giving BAT Samoa the opportunity to be part of this valuable initiative.

“I want to acknowledge Reverend Amosa Silipa who was the facilitator of the request. They have asked for assistance for many years, and I’m pleased that BAT was able to help,” said Seulupe.

Maryann Vaiula, Tumau Tafunai Ah Siu, Manupule Teueli, Agnes Fruean (BAT Samoa Marketing Manager), June Vaisagote.

On Wednesday 29 December 2021, the BAT Samoa team travelled to Apolima Tai to officially hand over the completed project to the village.

The total project cost was $25,000 for materials which were provided by BAT Samoa with labor provided by the village.

Earlier this year, a similar drinking water project was completed at Faasaleleaga No. 2 Constituency in the village of Fusi. These ongoing initiatives reflect BAT Samoa’s commitment to sustainability and demonstrate their integrated approach to ESG. Water is a valuable resource and BAT Samoa is proud to restore this natural ecosystem for the present and future generations of Apolima island.