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Disruptions Worse Compared To Other Years: Delainavesi Resident

Residents of Lami and Delainavesi are finding it hard to cope with the constant water disruptions they have been subjected to for almost three weeks now. Nailati Sigarua, 85, said
23 Sep 2014 09:17
Disruptions Worse Compared To Other Years: Delainavesi Resident
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Residents of Lami and Delainavesi are finding it hard to cope with the constant water disruptions they have been subjected to for almost three weeks now.

Nailati Sigarua, 85, said on some days she had to go without bathing because there was not enough water.

“I have been living in Delainavesi for the past six years; we used to have water cuts but this year it has certainly got worse,” Ms Sigarua said.

She said sometimes water comes through their taps and sometimes water was carted to the area but the supply was never enough.

“We have to ration the water and sometimes we can’t even do the washing; you know it would be alright to go without electricity but water we can’t live without.”

Ms Sigarua said most of the water they use was brought from a relative’s work place. A resident of Waimate Street Loraini Knowles said students were late for school because of the problem.

“Sometimes people can’t go to work or school because there’s no water. We can’t do the washing on time, it has really been a problem for us,” Ms Knowles said.

Ms Sigarua has requested if trucks visited the area more regularly. Meanwhile, 20,000 people from 4000 homes in selected areas in Suva are receiving water through their taps on alternate days since last Friday.

On days which they do not receive water through their taps, the Water Authority of Fiji carts water to them.

WAF’s chief executive officer, Opetaia Ravai said the reason for this was because of the dry period we are experiencing.

“Suva is served by a number of water catchment areas, each is supplied primarily by rivers and that is a problem.

“With this drought some rivers continue to flow abundantly while others are providing much less water than usual to these catchment areas,” Mr Ravai said.

He said presently water in catchment areas have dropped more than 30 per cent in the catchment areas which is a significant loss affecting 4000 homes in the Lami/Delainavesi area.

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