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Suva Suburbs Face Water Problem

Ashutesh Prasad, 26, a resident of Ki Street, Wailoku, said his family faced water cuts since last Friday.
24 May 2020 10:03
Suva Suburbs Face Water Problem
Irregular water supply was a problem for residents of Suva, Samabula, Delainavesi and parts of Veisari yesterday.

Irregular water supply was a problem for residents of Suva, Samabula, Delainavesi and parts of Veisari yesterday.

Ashutesh Prasad, 26, a resident of Ki Street, Wailoku, said his family faced water cuts since last Friday.

“It is difficult for some houses that do not have water tanks, but we are fortunate that we have a water tank that is connected to our shower and kitchen,” he said.

Mohini Maharaj, 36, of Levuka Street, Samabula, said her neighbourhood had been experiencing low water supply.

“I know some houses in Samabula who also have water only coming from time to time,” he said.

The Water Authority of Fiji said: “The intermittent supply of water was experienced due to mechanical fault (bearing failure) to the raw water pumps at the Waimanu raw water pump station, which has resulted in the reduction of inflow of raw water being supplied to the Tamavua Water Treatment Plant (WTP).”

It further said the authority teams were working round-the-clock to rectify the problem and improve the water levels at the Tamavua WTP. The authority has advised customers residing in the areas above to use water wisely and to store water for their immediate needs during this temporary disruption period.

The authority is urging Fijians to practice self-reliance and to have at least two days worth of water stored at all times.

WAF ON IRREGULAR WATER SUPPLY

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) ground teams conducted emergency repairs on two pumps yesterday at the Waimanu Raw Water Pump station to restore water to the greater Lami area from Delainavesi bridge to the Naval base at Togalevu.

Yesterday, only pump number 1 and 4 were running while Pump number 3 was being repaired after sustaining damage to its shaft and bearing.

“The fault was caused by silt and debris inside the pumping gallery and when they were sucked into the

pump it caused the pump to seize and lock up,” said authority chief executive officer, Barry Omundson.

“WAF ground teams are already conducting repairs and are expected to conduct the emergency works through the night. The priority is to ensure that Fijians have water and the team have carried out valve operations to sustain trunk main pressures and all areas that are not receiving water are being provided with water carts.”

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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