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Labasa Water System Works Please Board Director Kumar

Labasa Water System Works Please Board Director Kumar
WAF Board director Hemant Kumar (centre), with WAF general manager planning, design and construction Nemani Waqanivalu (right), and WAF project manager North, Pita Turaganikeli, at the Namara Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji
May 10
10:29 2018

Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) board director Hemant Ku­mar this week inspected the water and wastewater systems in La­basa.

He was accompanied by the Direc­tor for Water and Sewage, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport Susana Valemei, as well as members of WAF’s senior management.

Mr Kumar said he was impressed with the hard work undertaken by the WAF team and that the highlight of trip was visiting the intake up in the hills, a beautiful location, with clean fresh water coming into the system.

Their visit began at the authority’s Labasa Depot in Vatunibale, followed by the Namara Wastewater Treat­ment Plant and the Nasealevu Water Source. They also visited major on­going projects in Labasa, such as the sewer mains upgrade from Nivis Road to Damanu, as well as the Rara Reser­voir. The tour concluded after visiting the new WAF depot site in Vatunibale.

Mr Kumar said the WAF Board and management were closely monitoring the systems in the Northern Division in terms of future projects to expand and extend its coverage for the de­mand in the near future.

Mr Kumar said WAF was committed to undertake projects with the aim of providing clean water and sanitation to all Fijians.

“But certainly, looking at what needs to be done, the management has got a good handle on it…and everyone at WAF seems to be focused on meeting the challenges that we have ahead,” said Mr Kumar.

WAF suppliers and contractors

Meanwhile, WAF held the second round of its suppliers and plant hire contractors forum in the Northern Di­vision on Monday at Labasa’s Friend­ly North Inn.

“The two forums were very suc­cessful, as the main objectives were achieved, where we created dialogue and provided a platform to hold talks with key people who help drive our business at the Water Authority of Fiji,” said WAF Board director Kamal Gounder.

WAF chief financial officer Michael Lal, while addressing the forum, up­dated the plant hire contractors and suppliers on the latest processes in place at WAF.

He said the purpose of the forum was to strengthen a good working relation­ship with the contractors.

“The forum provided contractors with a better understanding of the plant hire process and gave them the opportunity to discuss the key terms and conditions of agreements,” said Mr Lal.

The first forum took place in the Central Division in March this year at Suva’s Holiday Inn.

A third and final forum with suppli­ers and plant hire contractors will be held in the Western Division in the coming months.

Source: Water Authority of Fiji

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