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Burst Main Causes Major Water Disruptions In Corridor

Burst Main Causes Major Water Disruptions In Corridor
WAF staff Sakapo Vodivodi (left) help fill water buckets of Waituri Road residents in Nausori on July 12, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar
July 13
11:00 2017

Major water disruption along the Nausori and Raralevu corridor caused 36 schools to close yesterday.

School students were sent home at around 11am due to the water shortage.

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) said the interruption in supply was a result of a major repair work which was carried out on the main pipeline that connects the Waila Treatment Plant to the Raralevu Reservoir.

WAF chief executive officer Opetaia Ravai said the earlier work to repair the burst pipeline was completed by midnight (Tuesday, July 11), but a further leak was detected at 2am yesterday.

Thereafter, the WAF emergency water carting service was alerted, and affected areas in the Nausori – Raralevu corridor were serviced from 4am.

He said carting water to schools and hospitals was WAF’s first priority, so that children and the sick could have clean water.

“The burst main was located in a heavily bogged down and soggy area which caused the ageing pipes to shift and eventually burst.

“WAF workers have had to stabilise the soggy conditions in the area to allow them to lay stronger pipes with supporting structures.”

Nausori Town, the Nausori Health Centre, the Wainibokasi Hospital and the Nausori Market remained open despite the water disruption.

Nausori Town Council chief executive officer Akhtar Ali said businesses were barely affected by the water shortage.

“A few business houses closed down, but the majority of the businesses remained open for business.

“Bus services, market, supermarkets and other services also remained open. People managed well in Nausori town in terms of business,” Mr  Ali said.

The water supply should be normal today as WAF worked at restoring affected areas by 10 pm last night.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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