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Engineers Work On Burst Transmission Mains

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) engineers worked around the clock yesterday to repair the defective 600mm sluice valve between Waila Pumping Station and Wainibuku Reservoir. The defective valve caused
01 Apr 2017 16:03
Engineers Work On Burst Transmission Mains
WAF engineers working on a defective valve between Wainibuku and Waila. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) engineers worked around the clock yesterday to repair the defective 600mm sluice valve between Waila Pumping Station and Wainibuku Reservoir.

The defective valve caused leaks, affecting delivery to close to 200,000 customers.

At Waila, there are three pipes transporting water from the pumping station to the Wainibuku Reservoir.

To repair the valve we had to switch off two pumps and have one pump running to fill the Wainibuku reservoir, according to WAF chief executive officer, Opetaia Ravai.

“When we had to turn off the two pumps and have one pump running we are losing about sixty to seventy percent of pumping capacity to the Wainibuku Reservoir and we were only filling 30 to 40 per cent of the reservoir which affected supply to alot of the customers along the Suva and Nausori corridor” said Mr Ravai.

“The defective valve was repaired last night at 9:30pm and we switched on the pumps at 10pm last night. The power shutdown today also affected our system, but we were able to utilise our gensets to keep the major pumps running. We haven’ fully recovered yet, and because 70 per cent of the network pipes ran empty, the full restoration of the supply will be gradually restored over the next two days. We advise customers to store and use water wisely in this time.

Water carts will be on standby to service the affected areas as and when the need arises.

The authority highly regrets any inconvenience caused to its customers.

 

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