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Carted Water Is Safe

Any concerns about the quality of drinking water distributed by the Water Authority of Fiji are unfounded. The WAF has been busy delivering water to 112,000 residents of the Greater
12 Dec 2014 12:43
Carted Water Is Safe

Any concerns about the quality of drinking water distributed by the Water Authority of Fiji are unfounded. The WAF has been busy delivering water to 112,000 residents of the Greater Suva area after a landslide washed away two main water trunk lines in Savura Hills, Colo-i-Suva on Tuesday.

This resulted in a significant loss of water to parts of Suva and Lami.

Minister for Infrastructure Pio Tikoduadua assured the public about the quality of drinking water provided by WAF. He said if residents still had concerns about the water then they should boil it.

Mr Tikoduadua was responding to questions from the Opposition on how the ministry planned to supply water to the 112,000 affected residents .

The initial question was posed by Opposition MP Kiniviliame Kiliraki on how the Ministry planned to  restore normal water supplies to the 112,00 affected residents.

Questions were also posed by Opposition MPs Viliame Gucake, Mosese Bulitavu, Aseri Radrodro and Salote Radrdro on solutions to the water crisis.

Speaker of Parliament Jiko Luveni allowed more than three supplementary questions, because the issue was of national importance.

Mr Tikoduadua revealed that the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) was operating at 40 per cent capacity because of the  affected pipes in Colo-i-Suva.  He briefed Parliament on the background to the crisis.

He said the collapse of the two major trunk lines had wiped off 60 per cent of the total water supply for this area.

.In response to Mr Radrodro’s question on media coverage of the water cartage schedules, Mr Tikoduadua said everything was being done to inform the public.

“Advisories to the radio stations of the water cuts and general locations were sent out on Sunday  on Monday a full page advertisement was developed with detailed locations including street locations.  The schedule includes further advertisements in the two dailies with expanded information as developments happen.

“We understand the importance of keeping those affected and the general population informed”

He said full restoration of supply to all affected areas was expected no later than Sunday 14 December.

 

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