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Water Authority conducts awareness sessions in the Western Division

Teams from the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) are currently conducting awareness meetings in communities, settlements and villages which will be affected by the upcoming Nagado water shutdown on the
31 Jan 2018 11:00
Water Authority conducts awareness sessions in the Western Division
Villagers of Sabeto Village in Nadi during one of the public awareness sessions. Photo: Water Authority of Fiji

Teams from the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) are currently conducting awareness meetings in communities, settlements and villages which will be affected by the upcoming Nagado water shutdown on the February 3 to 6.

WAF general manager customer services Sekove Uluinayau, said that main objective of this exercise was to increase awareness and encourage households in Nadi and Lautoka to start storing sufficient water and conserve it for the shutdown period.

“Our officers are on the ground to provide advice and inform members of the public in Nadi and Lautoka about the upcoming Nagado water shutdown.

Teams are going around communities and villages handing out flyers to all customers and we are working closely with the District Advisory Councillors and village headmen to organise meetings,” he said.

Mr Uluinayau thanked the many Fijians who had taken time out of their busy schedules to meet the WAF teams to become informed about the importance of storing sufficient drinking water to sustain them for the four-day disruption period.

“The community engagement is another awareness platform that we have introduced in preparation for the upcoming Nagado water shutdown operations.

This involves our meeting with the communities and advising households in regards to having adequate storage vessels to store sufficient water and to use water wisely through water saving practices to ensure a sustainable supply of water during the four-day disruption period,” Mr Uluinayau said.

Domestic customers are requested to store at least 200 litres of water per household consisting of five members for cooking and drinking purposes only.

More water is to be stored for other activities such as bathing and washing, while water tanks placed in strategic locations around populated residential areas are to be used as back-ups in cases where households have run out of water in their homes.

“WAF is committed to providing clean water to our customers. Here in the Western Division, there are no two ways about getting the leaking valve at the Nagado Water Treatment Plant repaired.

“It is of great importance for this repair to take place, in order for WAF to continue to supply clean drinking water to its customers,” said Mr Uluinayau.

Areas affected will be the entire Nadi area and parts of Lautoka, excluding the Lautoka Central Business District (CBD) and customers  supplied by the Buabua and Saru Water Treatment Plants.

Nadi and Lautoka customers can contact the Nagado Shutdown Helpline through the toll free short code 1507 for TFL, Vodafone, Digicel and INKK network users, or email nagadohelpline@waf.com.fj for further enquiries, which will be available 24 hours a day, during the planned shutdown period.

So far, the WAF community engagement teams have visited Namulomulo Village, Namulomulo Community Post, Solovi, Nawaka, Aladutta, Mulomulo Temple, Mulomulo, Tovotovo, Mulomulo Muslim Primary, Sabeto Village, Nawaka Area, Votualevu, Carreras, Malawi, Tadra, Lauwaki Village, Korovuto, Nacovi, Malolo and Navo.

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