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Use Water Sparingly

Use Water Sparingly
Divisonal planning officer West Sitiveni Tavaga. Photo: Salote Qalubau
July 23
13:48 2015

The public are being urged to use water strictly for cooking, cleaning and bathing in the midst of the dry spell that the country is facing.

This was highlighted after it was found that people were using emergency water supply for their gardens.

Divisional planning officer West Sitiveni Tavaga said the emergency water supply is supposed to last an average household for two weeks.

“Due to the distance to Uciwai we only managed to deliver 20,000 litres of water the last time,” he said.

“That is why we are strongly emphasising people use the water wisely.”

He said for the whole operation Commissioner Western’s office has been given about $200,000 to work on.

“At the moment the total population we have issued water to is around 30,000 inclusive of maritime and inland,” he said.

A team had left the Lautoka wharf on Tuesday to take water to Yanuya Island in the Mamanuca group while for the inland water supply another team visited Uciwai in the Nadi area, Ba and will be in Tavua today.

For the Yanuya barge it’s expected to cater for Yanuya district school, yanuya village then down to Malolo Island for Mamanuca primary school and the nursing station.

Mr Tavaga said the Water Authority of Fiji was assisting the Commissioner Western’s office by covering parts of Nadi right up to Sigatoka while the Commissioner Western’s team is covering the Natadola area, Lautoka, Ba and Rakiraki.

“After this trip to the Mamanuca’s then  we will be back for Tikina Naviti  that will be the next trip after that we will go to Nacula and  right up to Yasawa-i-rara,” he said.

“That will be the sailing trend for two weeks after the Yasawa’s we will focus on water supply to Vatulele.”

He said for one trip the capacity of the barge is only 140,000 litres.

“We also putting on the barge extra 5000-litre tanks at the moment I think we have seven 5000-litre tanks on the barge just to increase the capacity we have to deliver to Yasawa,”he said.



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