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Water Supply to Normalise Today in Nadi, Lautoka Except for Momi Area

Water Supply to Normalise Today in  Nadi, Lautoka Except for Momi Area
Water Authority of Fiji officials inspect damage. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji
June 25
14:00 2018

Water Authority of Fiji says 80 per cent water supply in Nadi and Lautoka areas will normalise today.

This was confirmed by chief operating officer Samanmal Ekanayake.

This was after emergency works to remove the defective Polyjet valve at the Water Authority of Fiji’s Nagado Water Treatment Plant was completed.

Mr Ekanayake said: “But towards Momi southern end side which has the longest pipeline – so that will take some additional time because of the distance.

“We expect that, by Wednesday (June 27) water supply will be fully restored.”

Mr Ekanayake said defective Polyjet valve required additional repairs because it had sustained major damages as nuts, bolts and metal sheeting pieces from the valve were orbiting within the chamber and causing severe weathering to the chamber walls and the Polyjet valve.

Water Authority of Fiji workers doing repair works. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji

Water Authority of Fiji workers doing repair works. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji

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Why the works?

WAF has two Polyjet valves installed at the treatment plant in Nagado and has revived the second Polyjet valve while additional repairs will be made to the defective Polyjet valve and the chamber.

“We decided to carry out this repair with a short notice due to the urgency of the repair,” Mr Ekanayake said.

“If we did not act quickly it could have resulted in a catastrophic structural damage, which could have resulted in a complete shutdown at Nagado leaving thousands of Fijians without water supply for a month or two.”

The authority highly regrets any inconvenience caused to its customers and is committed to getting water supply normalised as soon as possible.

Customers in Nadi and Lautoka can contact the Nagado Shutdown Helpline through the toll free short code 1507 for all network users, or email nagadohelpline@waf.com.fj for assistance, tank location placements and further enquiries.

Source: Water Authority of Fiji

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