COVID-19 | NEWS

COVID-19 Response Budget: Water Meters Won’t Be Disconnected

“Through July 2020, the WAF has agreed to cart water to any area in Fiji impacted by water cuts –– regardless of expected repair time –– at a cost of $4.25 million dollars, and suspend all disconnections until December 31, 2020, forgoing $28.4 million in revenue.”
27 Mar 2020 12:26
COVID-19 Response Budget: Water Meters Won’t Be Disconnected

Water Authority of Fiji will not disconnect any water meters from now till the end of this year.

This was announced by Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last night. He announced that: “Through July 2020, the WAF has agreed to cart water to any area in Fiji impacted by water cuts –– regardless of expected repair time –– at a cost of $4.25 million dollars, and suspend all disconnections until December 31, 2020, forgoing $28.4 million in revenue.”

Power

Energy Fiji Limited will now fully match government’s existing 50 per cent subsidy on the first 100 units of electricity for all of its subsidised customers –– those households earning less than $30,000 annually.

“That means 100 per cent of electricity costs up to the first 100 units will be covered by EFL and government, leaving subsidised customers responsible for just the nine per cent VAT –– a move that will keep the lights on for our most vulnerable Fijians.

“And all subsidised EFL customers will be granted up to one month to make their electricity payments.

“Mister Speaker, these assurances are vital to uphold our people’s wellbeing. But let me be clear: If you can pay your bills, pay your bills. If you are still working and earning your salary, pay your utility bills. If you pay your bills now while you can pay them, if anything happens to your employment down the road, your government will still be able to assist you.

“But if you don’t, you’ll be robbing the Fijians who need this assistance today and yourself in the event you’ll need this assistance in the future.”

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper