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What A Relief – Taps Flow After Four Days

It was good news for many people in some parts of Suva and Lami areas as they had water finally flowing from their taps after four days. Water was restored
12 Dec 2014 14:09
What A Relief – Taps Flow After Four Days

It was good news for many people in some parts of Suva and Lami areas as they had water finally flowing from their taps after four days.

Water was restored in some parts of Samabula such as Bureta Street, Tubou Street, Lakeba Street, the whole of the industrial area at Walu Bay and the lower parts of Delainavesi.

Although the water pressure is low, people were still thankful that the water supply was returning to normal. Two water trunk lines were washed away last weekend amidst land slides because of the heavy downpour at the Savura Hills, Colo-i-Suva.

The Water Authority of Fiji has been working around the clock to fix the water pipes. As of yesterday initial repairs had been completed and water was beginning to flow back into the city.

The disruption had affected over 112,000 people in the greater parts of Suva and Lami areas.

The Water Authority’s workers had accelerated the task to restore piped water and stabilise the area where the damage occurred.

“Returning water into the reticulation system (water to the tap) takes time as it flows to the lower areas of each local reticulation system and as that fills, climbs towards the upper areas,” WAF chief executive officer, Opetaia Ravai, said.

“There is also the problem of removing the air traps from the pipes that block the water flow; this also takes time.

“We expect most areas in the city to be with water by tomorrow (today) evening, although we want to be perfectly sure that the system operates smoothly and that is why we set the Sunday deadline for complete normalisation.”

He said the authority was aware of the customers’ concerns and difficulties faced by them but they were working tirelessly to sort out the situation.

“We have never faced a water crisis anywhere in the country that involved so many people and with no prior warning.

“We organised every resource available to WAF in less than 24 hours to begin the mammoth job of supplying water to the 112,000 customers twice daily.”

Meanwhile, water trucks are supplying water from 5am to midnight to affected areas. People still have the option to collect their own water from Jerusalem Road in Nabua, behind Asco Motors and Plant World in Lami.

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