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Stay Away From Coastal Waters: DISMAC

The National Disaster Management Committee (DISMAC) wants people to avoid using the Samabula Creek which now contains spill from the broken sewer line in Nabua, Suva. The river runs through
24 Dec 2014 10:28
Stay Away From Coastal Waters: DISMAC
Work on the temporary sewer line by the Water Authority of Fiji at Nabua is nearing completion. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The National Disaster Management Committee (DISMAC) wants people to avoid using the Samabula Creek which now contains spill from the broken sewer line in Nabua, Suva. The river runs through parts Laucala Beach and outlets at the Vatuwaqa foreshore.

In the last 16 days since the line collapsed, about 200 litres of raw waste is being discharged daily into the river, according to DISMAC.

DISMAC director Manasa Tagicakibau cautioned the public from using the river.

“The relevant authorities have stepped up their warning to people living along the river, Bailey Bridge, Vatuwaqa and Suva foreshore and the public to refrain from any contact with the river,” Mr Tagicakibau said.

He said people must refrain from using the sea whether it was for recreation purposes, for food or water sport.

“We have people living along the river, the Samabula River and also along the coast of Vatuwaqa and the Suva foreshore and likewise the islands Makuluva and Nukulau.

“These are the people directly affected by this sewerage spill and we are talking about around 6000 people who can be directly affected.

“We have followed up with notices posted along the river banks and along the Suva foreshore,” he said.

A taskforce made up of 12 Government agencies, including the Police, Environment Department, Ministry of Fisheries, Health Ministry and the Water Authority had raised awareness.

Mr Tagicakibau said relevant authorities had been testing the water to monitor the level of contamination.

“We cannot give a timeframe as to when the area will be deemed safe, but we are estimating that the cleaning up alone will take a month or so from the sealing off of the broken sewer line.”

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