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3 years waiting, mum gets water back

By TALEBULA KATE A single mother and her 15-year-old disabled son began a new chapter of their lives after Government wrote off more than $1000 of their water bill arrears
22 Oct 2012 09:45

By TALEBULA KATE

A single mother and her 15-year-old disabled son began a new chapter of their lives after Government wrote off more than $1000 of their water bill arrears and had their water meter reconnected last week.
This was a day that 53-year-old Daya Wati will always cherish. Ms Wati has been without water for three years and found life difficult because she had to cart buckets of water from her neighbour. But after last week she now has her water meter re-connected and water flowed from her taps.
“It was very hard for me when there was no water; I had to go and ask water from my brother who is my neighbour and now I would like to thank the Government for returning my meter and water,” Ms Wati said.
Water Authority of Fiji spokesperson Fulori Turaga confirmed to Fiji Sun that as of last week Government had waived $259,560.79 of unpaid bills.
She said the criteria of selecting a customer was based on their social status, like their source of income and employment, as well as relevant documents that are to be attached to the application forms.
“Customers need to fill in application forms and attach with it a copy of their TIN letter, Birth Certificate, and a valid identification card,” Ms Turaga said. “The Authority has received more than 1200 applicants from the Western Division, 230 from the Central Division and 23 applicants from the North to date.”
She urged rightful account holders to come forward and submit their applications if they wanted their unpaid water bills written off.
One particular area that the authority is concentrating on is leakages, particularly schools and religious organisations as well as genuine cases like Ms Wati.




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