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Engineers Work Non-Stop To Curb Water Woes

Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) engineers have worked around the clock to mend the pumps at the lower stream of Navau creek, which is the additional raw water supply to
30 Jul 2016 07:55
Engineers Work Non-Stop To Curb Water Woes

Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) engineers have worked around the clock to mend the pumps at the lower stream of Navau creek, which is the additional raw water supply to the two main water sources at Navau Spring and Nasealevu which supply water for most of Labasa.

Labasa faced a water crisis as a result of the current dry spell condition experienced in Labasa for the last five weeks which limited the yield of the major water source to a critical level and also the pump failure last week at the Navau creek, which they all feeds into the (WAF) Benau Package Water Treatment Plant, supplying approximately 10,000 connections.

With no inflow into the treatment plant, the water level dropped, affecting pressure and supply to the wider Labasa area, especially those households built in higher areas.

WAF immediately began water carting to all affected households, with seven water carting vehicles serving both urban and rural areas.

As it will take some time for water levels to be restored to an operational level, WAF will continue to cart water until the water levels are restored.

Meanwhile, on Taveuni, the higher areas in the South and in the North continue to face ongoing difficulties. The Mua Intake, the only water source in Taveuni North, has been impacted by the ongoing dry spell.

For the past two months, the Mua Intake has not been at full operational capacity and insufficient to meet current demand.

It supplies households on lower elevations only.

WAF carts water to the approximately 70 households on higher levels that the reduced Mua Intake cannot supply.

 

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