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World for water day woes in suva

The water authority of fiji’s major upgrades continue at Waila Long-suffering Delainavesi residents like Amenatave Malani have expressed their frustration through letters to the editor on numerous Occasions. Is hope
24 Mar 2014 11:11

The water authority of fiji’s major upgrades continue at Waila
Long-suffering Delainavesi residents like Amenatave Malani have
expressed their frustration through letters to the editor on numerous Occasions. Is hope finally in sight for the Lami-Suva-Nausori corridor?

JOSUA TUWERE
SUVA
For Suva residents, World Day for Water was a contradiction in terms. How does one celebrate the use of water in an area that has intermittent supply?
Perhaps that’s why celebrations were moved out to Davuilevu, Nausori, on the periphery of the planned water shutdown corridor. While World Day for Water was being celebrated last Friday, the Water Authority of Fiji issued yet another reminder of planned water shutdown because of their $4.3 million upgrade at the Waila Treatment Plant.
The intermittent supply to areas like Delainavesi, has resulted in a flurry of letters from resident, Amenatave Malani. Describing their ten-year long plight, a letter to the Fiji Sun from the human resources specialist, questioned proposed further charges imposed by WAF last year.
“As a result of the daily campaign for better water supplies in areas like Lami, Delainavesi, and Tacirua amongst others, service has improved slightly especially at night time.
‘‘This inconsistent water supply has been part of these residential areas for the past ten years or so and very little has improved. Now we make further plea to the Water Authority of Fiji. It is that they should not charge us $20.00 of sewerage fees as our outlet is catered for by septic tanks.
I am sure it is not beyond the wit of our water experts to rectify the problem.’’
To be fair to the WAF, their aggressive overhaul of the water systems has been long overdue. The expiry of land leases in the Northern Division led to an exodus of families into the Suva-Nausori corridor. The rural-urban drift has also led to an explosion of settlements and residential areas in Nasinu. The reality is, demand far exceeds the capacity to deliver water, hence the current multi-million dollar upgrades. For residents along the Suva-Nausori corridor, the continuing water problems could easily translate into political scoring points.
Another regular correspondent to the Fiji Sun, Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa alluded to this in another letter to the editor.
‘‘When Government talks about water, it will stress that it is their duty to provide good clean drinking water to all Fijians.
‘‘Of course the Water Authority of Fiji is in charge and when Fijians do not pay their water bill, their water is disconnected and the promises by Government for the supply of one of mankind’s basic needs becomes a half truth.
‘‘Water is a gift of life from above and WAF, not long ago, wrote off millions of dollars in debt. So I believe with the smart budget for free education in 2014, maybe the Government should consider providing free water to Fijians.’’
Perhaps that might be another question voters could put on their wish list for political parties contesting this year’s election.

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