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Disalination Plant Inoperative

The Waimaqera disalination plant south of Taveuni has been inoperative for a long time even before Tropical Cyclone Winston. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, during his visit to the plant with
26 Mar 2016 12:30
Disalination  Plant Inoperative
Despite several warning by Police to pedestrians these people were seen walking in the middle risking their life and motorist using Gaji Road in Raiwaqa yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

The Waimaqera disalination plant south of Taveuni has been inoperative for a long time even before Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, during his visit to the plant with Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea, said the project was a failure.

“It’s wasting tax payer’s money, because the plant cannot supply water to the villages,” Mr Bainimarama said.

In this time of emergency, he said, it has failed when needed the most.

In earlier reports, Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) chief executive officer Opetaia Ravai said installing a plant such as this cost about $1 million.

This is because of the detail processes it does. The seawater firstly will be pumped to the disalination plant and then transferred to the Qarawalu reservoir ready for usage.

The disalination plant serves people in the Waimaqera and Delaivuna settlements including the villages of Vuna and Navakawau.

The district of Vuna has a population of more than 600 people and two primary schools; Navakawau Catholic and South Taveuni Primary and South Taveuni Secondary School that depend on the plant.

Meanwhile, Mr Vocea said his office was waiting for a written report from WAF to be sent to the Prime Minister’s office.

 

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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