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WAF: Don’t Swim, Fish In River

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) is now working overtime to contain the spill of waste material into a river near Ratu Mara Road in Nabua. Residents who are living
08 Dec 2014 10:52
WAF: Don’t Swim, Fish In River
A wastewater trunk line that runs along the bridge had collapsed last Saturday morning amid the heavy rain that pelted the southern and central divisions.

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) is now working overtime to contain the spill of waste material into a river near Ratu Mara Road in Nabua.

Residents who are living along the river bank are also cautioned not to swim or fish in the river.

This is after a wastewater trunk line that runs along the bridge collapsed last Saturday morning amid the heavy rain that pelted the southern and central divisions. The river runs from Cunningham to the Bailey Bridge at Laucala Beach Estate.

The wastewater trunk line transports untreated waste to the Kinoya Waste Treatment plant from the greater Suva area.

WAF chief executive officer Opetaia Ravai confirmed this at a press conference. He said they were working on a temporary pipe to fix the problem.

“The wastewater now is unfortunately being discharged into the creek so we are cautioning the people and our customers along the river not to swim or fish in the river,” Mr Ravai said.

“This will be going for several weeks while we fix a pipe across the bridge to divert some of the flows. We have consulted MWH and Fiji Roads Authority because it will affect them as well in terms of working across the bridge. They have assisted us in terms of assessing the situation.

“We have waited for the rain to subside so we can do a real good preliminary investigation as to what is required.”

He said there would be a temporary diversion of the sewer trunk across the bridge, where a temporary pipe would be attached to the bridge.

“What we had previously was a separate support structure that was built of concrete cement which got washed away on Saturday morning,” Mr Ravai said

“We are urging the public to be mindful of the situation; there could be issues of odour and stench in the river, we are also looking at mitigating that as well.”

The authority is consulting with its line ministry in regards to the environmental and health implications hence advising public to take heed of the situation and be patience.

A resident living near the bridge, Shamim Mohammed, said they were shocked when they heard a loud noise early Saturday morning.

“When we went out we saw the sewer line had collapsed, it was already old,” Mr Mohammed said.

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