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WAF Partnership Helps Reduce Water Wastage

WAF Partnership Helps Reduce Water Wastage
Water Authority of Fiji management, Fukuoka officials and some WAF staff who received their certificates. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji
May 27
18:30 2017

The Water Authority of Fiji’s partnership with a Japanese water bureau has seen a great reduction of its non-revenue water (NRW).

It is the First Partnership Project on Unaccounted Water Loss between WAF and the Fukuoka City Waterworks Bureau in Japan.

WAF chief executive Opetaia Ravai said they were “extremely grateful” to the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) for funding the partnership. They were also thankful to the bureau for its contribution to WAF’s reduction of NRW.

Mr Ravai made his comments at the final seminar for the partnership at Tanoa Waterfront Hotel Lautoka, yesterday.

The First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Fiji, the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, and Hideaki Soneda, the executive director of General Affairs Department of the Fukuoka City Waterworks Bureau officiated the event.

Mr Soneda said that the programme had been: “a very good experience.

“The engineers from Water Authority of Fiji have been diligently learning the techniques, and we are greatly impressed by their dedication.”

Mr Ravai said: “Amongst other related works undertaken by WAF, this programme has also contributed to the reduction of NRW from 51.9 per cent to 31.6 per cent in three years.

“This is quite a remarkable achievement in reduction rate per year.

“The partnership has greatly benefitted WAF as we have been able to learn from the best.

“With an annual water loss rate of two per cent, the Fukuoka City Waterworks Bureau is one of the world’s leading utilities for low leakage percentage.

“Their NRW programme has been ongoing for over 50 years,” said Mr Ravai.

Fifteen WAF staff members and one from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport received certificates to acknowledge their participation in the three-year programme.

WAF staff attended on-site training in Japan and Fukuoka City Waterworks Bureau staff visited WAF to assist with capacity building. More than 100 Fukuoka personnel have visited WAF in this regard.

 

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