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Lautoka residents prepare for upcoming four-day water cut

With the planned water cut scheduled from February 3 to 6, many people in Lautoka have already begun storing water. Iferemi Ikaniwai, 59, of Navutu Village commended the Water Authority
23 Jan 2018 14:05
Lautoka residents prepare for upcoming four-day water cut
Iferemi Ikaniwai with two children preparing for the water cuts at Navutu Village, Lautoka on January 19,2018. Photo: Karalaini Tavi

With the planned water cut scheduled from February 3 to 6, many people in Lautoka have already begun storing water.

Iferemi Ikaniwai, 59, of Navutu Village commended the Water Authority of Fiji for making it more aware to the people through the media and the providing a water tank to cater for their village during the water
cuts.

“The village had heard about this last month when the Water Authority had come to the village to give us a new tank. We have also been hearing about this on the radio,” he said.

“It is good to prepare in advance so we are collecting bottles and gallons so that we can store the water in them. I know the authority will be coming around with the water trucks, but it is good to always have back up.”

School Teacher, Shaheem Ali, of Field 40 Subdivision said people with children would need to prepare in advance to ensure their children have the sufficient amount of water.

“Water is a basic need. Being without it for four days will be very hard, especially for people who are not close to access to water. We have a lot of children so we need to ensure that they are always hydrated. We have already bought two drums and collected gallons as well,” Mr Ali said.

“Parents need to take heed of this and start preparing in advance since children have already been warned from school as well.”

Paulina Ruci, 19, of Drasa Avenue, said she has been helping her mother store water to ensure that they have enough water to cater for their family during the four days of water cuts.

“Yesterday when we heard about it, my mother told us to start storing water. Though the warning say it is only in some parts of Lautoka, we are just being on the safe side and ensuring that if does happen we will have what we need,” she said.

The water cut is due to maintenance work that will be carried out at Nagado Water Treatment Plant in Nadi.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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