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Huge task of fixing water woes By NEMANI DELAIBATIKI, Managing Editor/Training Of all the Government departments that have been converted into commercial statutory authorities, the Water Authority of Fiji appears
24 Feb 2014 11:15

Huge task of fixing water woes

By NEMANI DELAIBATIKI, Managing Editor/Training

NEMANI DELAIBATIKI Managing Editor/Training

NEMANI DELAIBATIKI Managing Editor/Training


Of all the Government departments that have been converted into commercial statutory authorities, the Water Authority of Fiji appears to be facing the most challenges.
Most of the water woes the authority is trying to fix were inherited. The old network of pipes that have been there for many years need more than just servicing.
They probably need replacing to sustaining the pressure from a growing population. The new urban and rural developments will continue to put pressure on our national water system.
The authority has informed the public about water disruptions that would affect about 95,000 consumers in Suva-Nausori corridor. That’s a huge challenge and could affect people going to work and school today.
The authority was established to provide efficient and effective water and wastewater services in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner.
The objective of this reform was to enhance the sustainable delivery of water and sewerage services to appropriate levels of service.
In its first two years of operations, the authority aimed to establish the most effective culture and mix of people, processes, procedures, governance, equipment, policies and monitoring and reporting. 2014 will be authority’s fourth year of operations.
It boasts of being responsible for providing access to quality drinking water and waste water services to over 144,000 residential and non-residential metered customers reaching over 700,000 people nationwide.
Its area of operation covers 18,274 square kilometers with a water and wastewater network of more than 4,200 kilometers of pipes. It says it supplies about 112,675 mega liters of treated water annually to homes and businesses nationwide.
Its vision statement says: The effective and efficient delivery of quality drinking water and wastewater services in accordance with the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.
To be able to do that it must have the basic infrastructure to deliver that standard of service.
Understandably, it will take time and money to be able to upgrade the ageing pipes that have become a constant source of consternation to the authority.
The chief executive officer of the Water Authority of Fiji, Opetaia Ravai yesterday said the water cut was expected to last the next 24 to 48 hours.
Areas affected are elevated areas in Delainavesi, Lami /Qauia, Uduya Point, Samoan Settlement, Panaromic View, Ben Naiveli Hill down to Togalevu Naval Base, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Domain, Ratu Sukuna Road, Nasese, Flagstaff, Muanikau, Baker, Waimanu Road, Robertson Road, Namadi Heights and nearby areas.
The disruptions were caused by major leaks in two supply pipes to their Tamavua and Waila water supply systems.
Members of the public could do their part by conserving water and easing the pressure for everyone.




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