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Campaign To Conserve To Launch

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) will launch a nationwide water savings campaign tomorrow to increase the awareness on the importance of water to members of the public. Regional Manager
21 Dec 2017 15:13
Campaign To Conserve To Launch
From left: Rain Water Harvesting Clerk Rupeni Radio and Regional Manager Water Development Affairs, Vula Vakacegu point to an ad on a new Water Carting Truck. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) will launch a nationwide water savings campaign tomorrow to increase the awareness on the importance of water to members of the public.

Regional Manager Water Development Affairs, Vula Vakacegu said the two-month campaign would feature tips on saving water.

“To minimise wastage, we need to do our bit to encourage others who are wasting water to stop so, at the end of the day, we can prolong the water resources up in the hills or the water storage in the reservoirs and tanks,” Mr Vakacegu said.

Mr Vakacegu said the campaign was prompted with a focus on encouraging members of the public to ‘simply save water and not to be extravagant. With the dry spell facing the country, it’s important that we act now’.

“While there has been some relief as rain has fallen in parts of the Western Division and other parts of the country, it must be remembered that there will be other long dry weather spells.

“When that happens, people will need assistance with water as it may become scarce,” said Mr Vakacegu.

“The tips on water will be ongoing, reminding household members of actions they can take to reduce wastage.

“Because water is so inexpensive at 15 cents for 1000 litres, many people have come to believe that this is an inexhaustible supply.

“It is not and, at times of crisis, the water is not easy to come by. Often, it must be delivered by water carting, and this does not come cheap.

“Delivery of clean and safe drinking water is a priority for WAF.

“All we need to do is just look around us to know that the change in climatic conditions and prolonged dry spells is a result of climate change.”

Mr Vakacegu also encouraged Fijians to do their part and use water sparingly as every drop was precious.

He encouraged Fijians to practise the save-water tips that would be appearing in the newspapers, radio, theatres and television.

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