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Use Water Wisely, Public Now Urged

People in the Western, Northern and Central divisions are now cautioned to use water sparingly in the next few months. This advice comes from the Ministry of Works, Transport and
29 Aug 2014 16:50

People in the Western, Northern and Central divisions are now cautioned to use water sparingly in the next few months.

This advice comes from the Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities based on a prolonged dry weather currently affecting Fiji.

In a press conference yesterday, Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Commander Francis Kean said the dry spell was driven by the potential El Nino that has been trying to develop fully in the Pacific since May this year.

“This situation began in the latter parts of May, 2014, caused by a below average to well-below average rainfall through the months of June and July,” Commander Kean said.

“It must be noted that this is also happening during Fiji’s usual dry season, thus exacerbating the dry conditions. Please be advised that the ministry has informed the cabinet recently on two occasions on updates in relation to the development of this El Nino weather pattern,” Commander Kean said.

He further stated that in the coming months, rainfall in Fiji was predicted to be average to below average. Currently, Koronivia, Labasa Airfield, Lakeba, Matei Airfield, Matuku, Monasavu, Nadi Airport, Nausori Airport, Navua, Savusavu Airfield, Vanuabalavu, Viwa and Dobuilevu are under meteorological drought.

Dreketi, Seaqaqa, Lautoka, Rarawai, Udu Point and Yasawa-i-Rara were at warning stage for meteorological drought.

Meanwhile, it was also revealed that dam levels were also decreasing. Commander Kean said as of August 26this year, the Monasavu Dam level is at 728.47m.

“The lowest level reached for any August since 2008, was in 2010 with 729.76m. The safe minimum level is 715m while the absolute level is 710m,” he said.

The current water level in Vaturu Dam in the Western Division is 524.71m. The minimum operating level is 502.0m while in Nadarivatu, the current water level is 519.92m and the critical level is 517.5m.

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