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Supply Gradually Being Restored

Water supply is gradually being restored in the greater Suva area. Over 112,000 people in the greater Suva and Lami areas had been affected by the damage to two water
13 Dec 2014 09:55
Supply Gradually Being Restored

Water supply is gradually being restored in the greater Suva area.

Over 112,000 people in the greater Suva and Lami areas had been affected by the damage to two water mains at Savura Hills, Colo-i-Suva, last weekend.

Some of the areas now receiving water are the lower parts of Delainavesi, Samabula and the city areas while some other affected areas are have intermittent water supply.

“Water supply from the Waimanu reservoir to the Tamavua water treatment plant was disrupted after a landslide damaged the 50-year-old main supply pipes at Savura Hills in Colo-i-Suva,” chief executive officer  Opetaia Ravai said.

“This was because of  severe weather conditions resulting in significant water loss.”

The WAF team had accelerated the task to relay the pipes and stabilise the area where the damage occurred. Mr Ravai said the authority was aware of 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,” he said.

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

Carting would continue to the areas which are still without water on a daily basis until the water supply is fully restored.

Supply to all affected areas is expected to normalise by Sunday morning.

The Authority and the Ministry of Health have reiterated that the public must store water properly and it must be boiled before consumption.

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