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Water Carting On The Rise In West Areas

Water Carting On The Rise In West Areas
June 02
09:39 2016

The need for water is forever on the rise in the Western Division with close to 30 requests being received every day.

This was confirmed by Divisional Planning Officer West, Sitiveni Tavaga.

While the water shortage is the result of no access to electricity in some the area, Mr Tavaga said a major factor could be the dry spell currently affecting the Western Division.

“More than 100 families from Rakiraki to Sigatoka corridor are currently undergoing water cuts or are facing water problems,” Mr Tavaga said.

“From Nadi, we have received majority complains from Momi area, Sorokoba in Ba, and several other villages in Rakiraki.”

He said many families along the Sigatoka-Rakiraki corridor were affected.

“Some areas in Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki have access to water using boreholes, but since they have no access to electricity, we have started providing generators to these areas so that water problems can be solved.”

Fiji Metrological Service director Ravind Kumar said the dry season had started last month and may end in October.

“We are already in the dry season and rainfall prediction is below average in the coming months,” Kumar said.

“We are expecting dry season which is upon us; it is expected to be similar to what we saw last year or the effects could be more serious.”

Mr Tavaga said the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) was currently working closely with the Commissioner Western’s office.

“We receive calls, we log it and we collect all the complaints from Sigatoka to Rakiraki and we then submit it to the Water Authority of Fiji,” he said.

“Water Authority of Fiji has advised us that only the request which would be forwarded from the Commissioner Westerns Office would be processed.”

The issue is the time taken by WAF to supply water to the needed areas. Edited by Naisa Koroi



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