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Cutting Down Water Leaks

A major three-year pilot programme will soon help Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) workers to reduce water loss through leaks. It is estimated that 49 per cent of piped water
24 Oct 2014 09:22
Cutting Down Water Leaks
Head of the Fukuoka City Water Works Bureau Ryuji Inoue (left), with Water Authority of Fiji CEO Opetaia Ravai in Suva. Photo: WAF

A major three-year pilot programme will soon help Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) workers to reduce water loss through leaks.

It is estimated that 49 per cent of piped water is lost through leakage.

WAF chief executive officer, Opetaia Ravai, said 15 of their employees from Nadi and Lautoka would be attending training at the Fukuoka City Water Works Bureau in Japan.

WAF is working with the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) in the maintenance and management of water pipes.

On their return the 15 employees would work with Japanese experts from the Fukuoka Bureau in the implementation of their training.

“The bureau is one of the best in the world in ensuring minimum water leakage. They have an annual loss rate of two per cent,” said Mr Ravai.

He said each of the 15 workers would spend one and a half weeks in Japan receiving technical training but much of their work will be on the ground at the pilot project.

“We are convinced that with proper training of our technicians we can reduce the water leakage in Fiji to 20 per cent over the next two years.

“That would be a huge savings in both money and water.  It will also mean that WAF will now have a number of experts in leak detection at a level not previously available in the country.”

The pilot programme will encompass a section between Nadi and Lautoka. The Japanese experts, working with those in training, will determine through state of the art technology the location of the leaks and repair them.

Mr Ravai is travelling to Japan this week to meet Fukuoka City Water Works Bureau officials to discuss further opportunities in which WAF can benefit from the bureau’s expertise.

“This is different from working with consultants.  Consultants come and go while working with an organisation of the calibre of the bureau is of significant benefit.”

Mr Ravai said WAF has benefited from its relationship with JICA and the Fukuoka City Water Works Bureau.

This led to two of its staff trained while two others previously acquired technical knowledge at the Bureau in water related disciplines.

The Fiji Government, Mr Ravai said, was working closely with WAF in supporting programmes to train staff overseas to gain international experience.

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